Pimple definition

pĭmpəl
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A small swelling of the skin, usually caused by acne; a papule or pustule.
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Any small, rounded, usually inflamed swelling of the skin; papule or pustule.
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A small swelling of the skin, usually caused by acne; a papule or pustule.
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An inflamed (raised and colored) spot on the surface of the skin that is usually painful and fills with pus.

I had to pop that embarrassing pimple, it was huge and red and on the tip of my nose.

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(slang) An annoying person.

He's such a pimple! I wish he'd stop being so irritating!

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pimple
Plural:
pimples

Origin of pimple

  • Middle English

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

  • Early Modern English pimple, pumple (not found in Middle English), probably a nasalised variation of Old English piplian, pyplian "to break out in pimples, show erruptions". Akin to Old English pipliġende "having shingles".

    From Wiktionary