pied piper

noun, often capitalized both Ps

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 and Etymology of pied piper

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

First Known Use: 1869

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