Origin of peter; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a masculine name: dim. Pete: equiv. L. Petrus, Fr. Pierre, It. Pietro, Sp. Pedro, Russ. Pyotr
- (original name Simon) (died 64?); one of the twelve Apostles, a fisherman, to whom the Letters of Peter are ascribed: considered the first pope: his day is June 29: also Simon Peter or Saint Peter
- either of the two Letters of Peter: abbrev. Pe, Pet
Origin of PeterMiddle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Petrus ; from Classical Greek Petros (; from petros, stone, petra, rock) used as translated, translation of Aramaic kēphā, rock
rob Peter to pay Paul
- 1672-1725; czar of Russia (1682-1725): called the Great
- 1923-70; king of Yugoslavia (1934-45): son of Alexander I
- 1728-62; czar of Russia (1762): assassinated; succeeded by his wife, Catherine II
intransitive verbpe·tered, pe·ter·ing, pe·ters
Origin of peterOrigin unknown.
Origin of peterFrom the name Peter.
, Saint Died c. AD 67.
- (hypocoristic slang) The penis.
US, 1902, presumably from shared initial pe-.
(third-person singular simple present peters, present participle petering, simple past and past participle petered)
- (only used in the phrase peter out) To dwindle; to trail off; to diminish to nothing
Originally used independently, today only used in the derived phrase peter out.
1812, US minersâ€™ slang, Unknown. Various speculative etymologies have been suggested. One suggestion is that it comes from peter being an abbreviation of saltpeter, the key ingredient in gunpowder â€“ when a mine was exhausted, it was â€œpeteredâ€. Other derivations are from St. Peter (from sense of â€œrockâ€), or French pÃ©ter (â€œto fartâ€).
From Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Î ÎÏ„ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (Petros), from Ï€ÎÏ„ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (petros, â€œstone, rockâ€), related to Ï€ÎÏ„ÏÎ± (petra)