pied piper


often capitalized both Ps
: one that offers strong but delusive enticement
: a leader who makes irresponsible promises
: a charismatic person who attracts followers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Maxine Petry Pioneer Works’ resident pied piper got even T&C to Red Hook. Jason Farago, Town & Country, 28 Sep. 2022 Forced into the political wilderness, much of Siege feels like a relevance play—Bannon using Wolff to cast himself as Trump’s pied piper. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 6 June 2019 This had a pied piper effect — visitors curious about where the band might be headed naturally followed. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, 31 Jan. 2018 The pied piper of St. Paul’s baseball funhouse was cracking wise about the 20-year warranty on his new ceramic hip when a middle-aged couple in Saints gear interrupted the team’s co-owner and founder to demand a bear hug. Brian Murphy, Twin Cities, 18 May 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pied piper was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Pied piper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pied%20piper. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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