a small cushion, variously shaped, in which pins and needles are stuck to keep them handy
- A small firm cushion into which pins are stuck when not in use.
- An object of frequent criticism or hurtful treatment: “a hapless pincushion [who] contemplates registering a complaint with his girlfriend” ( Village Voice )
- A small device designed to receive sewing pins, usually pillow-like; more recently also magnetic.
- (colloquial) Someone who receives regular hypodermic needle injections.
- Insulin-dependant diabetics are human pincushions.
- Various plants resembling a pincushion:
(third-person singular simple present pincushions, present participle pincushioning, simple past and past participle pincushioned)
- To multiply stick or jab, as with pins into a pincushion.
- The target was pincushioned with arrows.