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peter

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verb pe·ter \ ˈpē-tər \

Definition of peter

intransitive verb
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


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peter

noun

Definition of peter

often vulgar

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Origin and Etymology of peter

from the name Peter


Peter

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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

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Origin and Etymology of peter

Late Latin Petrus, from Greek Petros, from petra rock


Peter

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biographical name Pe·ter \ ˈpē-tər \

Definition of Peter

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



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