pied piper

noun, often capitalized both Ps

Definition of pied piper

1 : one that offers strong but delusive enticement
2 : a leader who makes irresponsible promises
3 : a charismatic person who attracts followers

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Origin and Etymology of pied piper

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


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