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

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Examples of pimple in a Sentence

a painful pimple on his back
Recent Examples on the Web However, a true pimple can form when your hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 12 Oct. 2021 However, a few other common ingredients in toothpaste — like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol — can help dry out a pimple. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, 5 Aug. 2021 Enter these smart drying patches, which boast all of the pimple-zapping bottle of the cult formula in a portable, easy-to-use format. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Larson said the welts caused by these itch mites distinguish themselves with a white pimple in the center of the bite, whereas chigger bites either remain red or sink in the center. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 13 Aug. 2021 During some of the band’s more libidinal hits, mosh pits broke out in the crowd, and Durst regarded them curiously, like a pimple. New York Times, 16 July 2021 Made with medical-grade, highly absorbent hydrocolloid, the patches draw out pus and impurities from the pimple to flatten its appearance. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 17 June 2021 From maskne to dark spots to that one pimple that just won’t go away—Hero Cosmetics heals by swapping chemical solutions for restorative ingredients like hyaluronic acid, witch hazel and green tea water. Anna Haines, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Save for an incident with a massive forehead pimple on the day of her senior semi-formal, the birth control her hot yoga habit started working. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 17 June 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Pimple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimple. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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

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