Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

pied piper

noun

Definition of pied piper

  1. 1 :  one that offers strong but delusive enticement

  2. 2 :  a leader who makes irresponsible promises

  3. 3 :  a charismatic person who attracts followers



Origin of pied piper

the Pied Piper, hero of a German folktale who charmed the rats of Hameln, Germany, into a river


First Known Use: 1925

Rhymes with pied piper


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pied piper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez spindrift kittly-benders duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ