- any of a family (Columbidae, order Columbiformes) of birds with a small head, plump body, long, pointed wings, and short legs
- ⌂ clay pigeon
- a girl or young woman
- Slang a person easily deceived or gulled; dupe
Origin of pigeonMiddle English pejon ; from Middle French pijon ; from Late Latin pipio (gen. pipionis), chirping bird, squab ; from Classical Latin pipire, to chirp, of echoic origin, originally
- Any of various birds of the widely distributed family Columbidae, characteristically having plump bodies, small heads, and short legs, especially the rock pigeon or any of its domesticated varieties.
- Slang One who is easily swindled; a dupe.
Origin of pigeonMiddle English, from Old French pijon, probably from Vulgar Latin *p&imacron;bi&omacron;, p&imacron;bi&omacron;n-, alteration of Late Latin p&imacron;pi&omacron;, young chirping bird, squab, from p&imacron;p&imacron;re, to chirp.
Origin of pigeonAlteration of pidgin.
(third-person singular simple present pigeons, present participle pigeoning, simple past and past participle pigeoned)
- to deceive with a confidence game