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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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 Use two cotton swabs to gently apply pressure downward on each side of the pimple. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Normal Are Your Skincare Habits?," 10 Sep. 2018 What are your thoughts on regular people popping pimples at home? Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Dr. Pimple Popper shares what actually grosses her out, plus the strangest request she's ever gotten," 24 Aug. 2018 Actually, Camila Cabello had a pimple on her forehead for the MTV Video Music Awards. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Here's Exactly What Camila Cabello's Makeup Artist Uses on Her Pimples," 31 Aug. 2018 There’s not even one pimple on my back, which is usually a big trouble area. Shammara Lawrence, SELF, "I Got My Softest Skin Ever From a Korean Spa Full Body Scrub," 26 June 2018 All that extra hairspray on your bangs could be the cause of those annoying pimples on your forehead and along your hairline. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "Your Clear Skin Countdown: 30 Pro Tips for Getting Rid of Acne Fast," 17 Oct. 2017 The red patches are more even, the pimples are less puffy. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "I Gave Up Popping My Pimples for a Week — And Here's What Happened," 12 Aug. 2015

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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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