piker

noun
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

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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 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, "Tested: 1991 Aston Martin Virage Modernizes the the British Brand," 27 May 2020 But talk about Ticket Masters, jocks are pikers compared to diplomats. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gators player Jordan Smith earned $1,450 in parking fines at UF," 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, "Senate deals major setback to Republican health care push," 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, "‘Buy It Now’ FAIL: Former eBay CEO Whitman Is the Biggest Loser," 3 Nov. 2010 But, compared to the Sekulows, the president* is something of a piker. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Grifting for Jesus," 27 June 2017

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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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The first known use of piker was in 1859

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“Piker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piker. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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