pik·​er | \ ˈpī-kər How to pronounce piker (audio) \

Definition of piker

1 : one who gambles or speculates with small amounts of money
2 : one who does things in a small way also : tightwad, cheapskate

Examples of piker in a Sentence

don't be such a piker—live it up a little while you're on vacation!
Recent Examples on the Web So far, this pullback has taken 15% off gold’s peak price — a piker by historical standards — and has lasted just 13 months, well within norms for mid-cycle corrections. Moneyshow, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Congress’s decision will ultimately determine whether this massive federal check-writing operation will be cemented in Joe Biden’s legacy — an initiative that’s already made FDR look like a government-check-writing piker by comparison. Matt Weidinger, National Review, 20 Sep. 2021 Compared to more established coins, SafeMoon is a piker. Danielle Abril, Fortune, 17 May 2021 The end result could make the architect of the Great Society look like a piker. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 16 Mar. 2021 If lording such exclusivity over your piker friends who drive 500SLs and 850is is worth the price of a decent house to you, well fine. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 27 May 2020 But talk about Ticket Masters, jocks are pikers compared to diplomats. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, 28 Sep. 2017 After complaining for seven years (in many ways incorrectly), that Democrats had abused the legislative process in the passage of the Obama health law, Senate Republicans made the Democrats look like pikers. Ajc Homepage, ajc, 28 July 2017 Embarrass that piker Mark Zuckerberg by going 60 percent better than the Facebook founder’s charitable contribution to the Newark, New Jersey, school system. John C Abell, WIRED, 3 Nov. 2010 See More

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First Known Use of piker

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for piker

pike to play cautiously, of unknown origin

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“Piker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piker. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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