nounpl. -·geons or -·geon
- 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 pībiō pībiōn- alteration of Late Latin pīpiō young chirping bird, squab from pīpīre 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