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peter

verb pe·ter \ ˈpē-tər \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of peter

1 : to diminish gradually and come to an end : give out usually used with out
  • novelists whose creative impetus seems largely to have petered out
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)
2 : to become exhausted usually used with out

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Origin and Etymology of peter

origin unknown

First Known Use: 1846

in the meaning defined at sense 1


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peter

noun

Definition of peter

often vulgar
: penis

Origin and Etymology of peter

from the name Peter

First Known Use: circa 1902

in the meaning defined above


Peter

noun Pe·ter \ ˈpē-tər \

Definition of Peter

1 : a fisherman of Galilee and one of the twelve apostles
2 : either of two hortatory letters written to early Christians and included as books of the New Testament — see Bible Table

Origin and Etymology of peter

Late Latin Petrus, from Greek Petros, from petra rock

First Known Use: before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1


Peter

biographical name Pe·ter \ ˈpē-tər \

Definition of Peter

circa 1050–1115 the Hermit French preacher of the 1st Crusade



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