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

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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Who exactly are the mad geniuses who came up with the idea to make a toy out of pimple popping? Elizabeth Logan, Teen Vogue, "Pop It Pal Toy Lets You Pop Fake Pimples," 8 Feb. 2018 Apparently, pimples in the ear region are more common that not! Andrea Navarro, Teen Vogue, "15 Grossly Satisfying Pimple Popping Videos We Can't Stop Watching," 14 Mar. 2019 But that still leaves blackheads and pimples, which are sometimes too tempting to ignore. Courtney Dunlop, Marie Claire, "DIY Derm: Which Beauty and Skincare Treatments Are Okay to Do at Home?," 30 Aug. 2018 The only thing worse than having a major pimple (or acne) is the long-term scarring that follows. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Jan. 2019 Before frantically running to the bathroom, with bygone DIY methods of pimple-popping in mind, stop, think, and give your dermatologist a call. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "This Is the Fastest—And Safest—Way to Get Rid of a Pimple," 23 Dec. 2018 Amid these challenges, moms are essentially the first responders to the children's distress — and cheering up a child with a funny face or bear hug doesn't quite solve bullying or pimple embarrassment. Christine Coppa, Good Housekeeping, "Middle School Proves to Be the Most Stressful Time — for the Whole Family," 27 Jan. 2016 Lately, with the rise of pimple-popping videos on the Internet, there have been a lot of blackhead removal hacks floating around. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, Chin and Forehead," 28 Dec. 2018 Fox News: Are there any conditions under which someone absolutely should not pop a pimple? Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Dr. Pimple Popper shares what actually grosses her out, plus the strangest request she's ever gotten," 24 Aug. 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 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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