Piker definition

pīkər
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(slang) A person who does things in a petty or niggardly way; esp. one who gambles or speculates in an overly cautious way.
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The definition of a piker is slang for a very frugal or extremely cautious person.

An example of a piker is a person who will only buy the cheapest of everything.

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A person regarded as petty or stingy.
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A stingy person; a cheapskate.
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One who bets or gambles only with small amounts of money.
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(Australia, New Zealand, slang) One who pikes (quits or backs out of a promise).
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A cautious gambler.
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(military, historical) A soldier armed with a pike, a pikeman.
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(Australia, New Zealand, slang) One who refuses to go out with friends, or leaves a party early.

Mate, don't be a piker! Come to Angie"²s birthday party tonight!

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(US, dated) A male freshman at Cornell University.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
piker
Plural:
pikers

Origin of piker

  • Possibly from Piker a poor migrant to California after Pike County in eastern Missouri

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From pike +"Ž -er.

    From Wiktionary