pimple

noun
pim·​ple | \ ˈpim-pəl How to pronounce pimple (audio) \

Definition of pimple

1 : a small inflamed elevation of the skin : papule especially : pustule
2 : a swelling or protuberance like a pimple

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Other Words from pimple

pimpled \ ˈpim-​pəld How to pronounce pimpled (audio) \ adjective
pimply \ ˈpim-​p(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pimply (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of pimple in a Sentence

a painful pimple on his back
Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes, flattening a juicy pimple on your chin is all too rewarding. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "The 'Triangle of Death' Is the One Place on Your Face Where You Should Never, Ever Pop Pimples," 6 Oct. 2020 Use a teensy bit right on the pimple at night and again the next morning. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight, According to the Acne Experts," 10 June 2020 Drawing out a big pimple once the whitehead is poking through your skin. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast: 16 Dos & Don’ts of Fighting Acne," 8 Sep. 2020 The bacteria multiplies, causing the inflammation that starts a cystic pimple. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Dermatologist Weighs In On How To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 30 July 2020 So, or the uninitiated, an ingrown hair will appear as a little red bump or papules, similar to that of a pimple. Maria Del Russo, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Ingrown Pubic Hair, According to Experts," 23 July 2020 Just dab some on a cotton swab and apply it directly to the pimple. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight, According to the Acne Experts," 10 June 2020 Just three years ago, 25-year-old Devir Kahan woke up on his wedding day with a pimple and couldn’t find a quick fix. Gerald Porter Jr., Houston Chronicle, "Men’s makeup goes mainstream with CVS rollout," 29 June 2020 Starface’s Hydrostars, which includes 32 hydrocolloid dressings that go over pimples, claim to absorb fluid and shield the spots from outside bacteria to promote healing. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "10 skincare products everyone is obsessing over," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pimple

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pimple

Middle English pymple; akin to Old English piplian to break out in pimples, and probably to English pimp — more at pimp

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The first known use of pimple was in the 14th century

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19 Oct 2020

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“Pimple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimple. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for pimple

pimple

noun
How to pronounce pimple (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pimple

: a small, red, swollen spot on the skin

pimple

noun
pim·​ple | \ ˈpim-pəl How to pronounce pimple (audio) \

Kids Definition of pimple

: a small red swelling of the skin often containing pus

Other Words from pimple

pimpled \ -​pəld \ adjective
pimply \ -​plē \ adjective

pimple

noun
pim·​ple | \ ˈpim-pəl How to pronounce pimple (audio) \

Medical Definition of pimple

1 : a small inflamed elevation of the skin : papule especially : pustule
2 : a swelling or protuberance like a pimple

Other Words from pimple

pimpled \ -​pəld How to pronounce pimpled (audio) \ adjective
pimply \ -​p(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pimply (audio) \ adjective

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