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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Lil Miquela demands no salary or bathroom breaks, will never age or get a pimple, and in a feed teeming with humans, the novelty of being inhuman is an advantage for companies with products to sell. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "You Are Already Having Sex With Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 Just as there’s more than one type of pimple, the types of marks zits tend to leave behind can also vary. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "7 Over-the-Counter Products Dermatologists Recommend to Fade Acne Scars," 20 Aug. 2019 And last but not least, a little Prince to go with your pimple-popping. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "13 Dr. Pimple Popper Videos That Are Deeply Satisfying," 12 June 2019 Removing Scrub Charcoal and 2% salicylic acid pack a one-two punch against pimples, plus the gritty texture provides physical exfoliation to unclog pores. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "What are the best skin care products for acne-prone skin? Look for these key ingredients," 25 July 2019 Also look for products with benzoyl peroxide to kill pimple-causing bacteria and retinoids to prevent skin cells from clogging in the first place. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel, According to Dermatologists," 8 July 2019 The coverage is buildable enough to cover pimples or redness, but the texture is a refreshing lightweight gel that won't melt off in the sun. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The One Thing You Need For Radiant, Makeup-Free Skin This Summer," 7 June 2019 There are several signs that your pimples are related to hormones. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "5 Signs You're Dealing with Hormonal Acne—and How to Treat It," 2 July 2019 Material wells up over a magnetic disturbance and creates a pimple-like formation. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, "Meet the storm in the sky that would engulf Earth if it weren’t 93 million miles away," 13 June 2019

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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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