- Gmc. Legend a musician who rids Hamelin of its rats by leading them with his piping to the river, where they drown: in revenge for not being paid, he pipes the village children to a mountain, where they disappearin full Pied Piper of Hamelin
- a leader whom people willingly follow, often, specif., one who leads others into danger or trouble by means of elaborate, false promises
- A person who offers others strong yet delusive enticements.
- One, such as a leader, who makes irresponsible promises.
Origin of pied piperAfter The Pied Piper of Hamelin, title and hero of a poem by Robert Browning.
From the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who led away the townsfolk's children in revenge for being unpaid for ridding the town of rats.