Pigeonhole meaning

pĭjən-hōl
A specific, often oversimplified category.
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To put aside and ignore; shelve.
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To put aside indefinitely, as if intending to ignore or forget; shelve.
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A small compartment or recess, as in a desk, for holding papers; a cubbyhole.
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The small hole or holes in a pigeon loft for nesting.
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To place or file in a small compartment or recess.
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To classify mentally; categorize.
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A small recess or hole for pigeons to nest in, usually in a compartmented structure.
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A small, open compartment, as in a desk, for filing papers.
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To put in the pigeonhole of a desk, etc.
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To assign to a category or categories; classify.
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A nook in a desk for holding papers.
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One of an array of compartments for sorting post, messages etc. at an office, or college (for example).

Fred was disappointed at the lack of post in his pigeonhole.

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A hole, or roosting place for pigeons.
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To categorize; especially to limit or be limited to a particular category, role, etc.

Fred was tired of being pigeonholed as a computer geek.

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To put aside, to not act on (proposals, suggestions, advice).
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Origin of pigeonhole

  • Originally literal hole for pigeons, later similar compartments for papers, then extended metaphorically in verb sense of narrowly categorizing or deferring.

    From Wiktionary

  • pigeon +"Ž hole.

    From Wiktionary