pimple

noun
pim·​ple | \ˈpim-pəl \

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 \ adjective
pimply \ˈpim-​p(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Synonyms for pimple

Synonyms

boil, fester, hickey, papule, pock, pustule, whelk, zit [slang]

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Examples of pimple in a Sentence

a painful pimple on his back

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America's little northernmost pimple remains American. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, blind pimples are more difficult to treat than a whitehead or blackhead. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Blind Pimples," 30 Oct. 2018 Watch a video of the game in action at a toy fair earlier this year, in which a young child learns firsthand just how difficult pimple-popping can be. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Dr. Pimple Popper Launched a Pus-Shooting Board Game and Dear God, I'm Not OK," 11 July 2018 Then place them along the sides of the pimple, and gently squeeze and press unless the infection is released. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "How to Pop a Pimple in 4 Easy Steps," 13 Mar. 2018 Aside from the redness, visible blood vessels (which occurs due to swelling, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine), and potential pimples, Dr. Iyer says people with rosacea may also feel skin sensitivity, tingling, or burning. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "The Most Common Skin Conditions, Explained," 15 June 2018 Even today, Lili still deals with pimples and breakouts. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "“Riverdale” Star Lili Reinhart Says She Used To Do Her Makeup In The Dark To Avoid Seeing Her Acne," 19 Apr. 2018 When it’s combined with the other two hero ingredients in the serum—caffeine (which constricts blood vessels to make pimples look less red) and lactic acid (a pore-clearing and bump-smoothing exfoliant)—it turns into a zit-fighting machine. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Fixed My Acne in 48 Hours," 26 June 2018 The retinaldehyde works to prevent pimples, while the glycolic acid reduces the appearance of existing acne scars. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Is This Vitamin the Secret to Smooth Skin?," 10 July 2018

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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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pimple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pimple

: a small, red, swollen spot on the skin

pimple

noun
pim·​ple | \ˈpim-pəl \

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 \

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 \ adjective
pimply \-​p(ə-​)lē \ adjective

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