An example of to pin is a seamstress attaching two pieces of fabric together before sewing them.
An example of a pin is what women use to hold their hair in up-do hairstyles.
An example of a pin is what you would use to attach a piece of paper to a corkboard.
- A thin rod for securing the ends of fractured bones.
- A peg for fixing the crown to the root of a tooth.
- A cotter pin.
- The part of a key stem entering a lock.
- One of the pegs securing the strings and regulating their tension on a stringed instrument.
- A belaying pin.
- A thole pin.
Is steady on his pins.
He pinned his faith on an absurdity.
I'm not so good on my pins these days.
The shot landed right on the pin.
To pin a window to the Taskbar.
- To get (someone) to make a decision, commitment, etc.
- To determine or confirm (a fact, details, etc.).
- To beat, defeat, or scold someone soundly.
- To lay the blame for something on someone.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of pin
- Middle English from Old English pinn perhaps from Latin pinna feather pet- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English pinne, from Old English pinn (“pin, peg, bolt"), from Proto-Germanic *pinnaz, *pinnÅ, *pint- (“protruding point, peak, peg, pin, nail"), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (“protruding object, pointed peg, nail, edge"). Cognate with Dutch pin (“peg, pin"), Low German pin, pinne (“pin, point, nail, peg"), German Pinn, Pinne (“pin, tack, peg"), Bavarian Pfonzer, Pfunzer (“sharpened point"), Danish pind (“pin, pointed stick"), Norwegian pinn (“knitting-needle"), Swedish pinne (“peg, rod, stick"), Icelandic pinni (“pin"). More at pintle.