Peter meaning

pē'tər
To diminish slowly and come to an end. Often used with out .

Their enthusiasm soon petered out.

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The penis.
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The chief of the 12 Apostles. He is traditionally regarded as the first bishop of Rome and author of two epistles in the New Testament.
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To become gradually smaller, weaker, etc. and then cease or disappear.
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The penis.
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A masculine name: dim. Pete: equiv. L. Petrus, Fr. Pierre, It. Pietro, Sp. Pedro, Russ. Pyotr.
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1672-1725; czar of Russia (1682-1725)
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1923-70; king of Yugoslavia (1934-45): son of Alexander I.
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1728-62; czar of Russia (1762): assassinated; succeeded by his wife, Catherine II.
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(hypocoristic slang) The penis.
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(only used in the phrase peter out) To dwindle; to trail off; to diminish to nothing.
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A male given name.
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The leading Apostle in the New Testament.
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(biblical) The epistles of Peter in the New Testament of the Bible, 1 Peter and 2 Peter attributed to St. Peter.
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(rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname.
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rob Peter to pay Paul
  • To pay a debt, obligation, etc. by creating or leaving unpaid another.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of peter

  • From the name Peter
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Origin unknown
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 1812, US miners' 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 - when a mine was exhausted, it was “petered". Other derivations are from St. Peter (from sense of “rock"), or French péter (“to fart").
    From Wiktionary
  • From Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Petros), from πέτρος (petros, “stone, rock"), related to πέτρα (petra)
    From Wiktionary
  • US, 1902, presumably from shared initial pe-.
    From Wiktionary