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Definition of pinup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something fastened to a wall: such as
a : a photograph or poster of a person considered to have glamorous qualities
b : something (such as a lamp) designed for wall attachment



Definition of pinup (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to pinups male pinup calendars
2 : designed for hanging on a wall a pinup lamp

Examples of pinup in a Sentence


He is dating a glamorous pinup.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To add size to your bustline without pinup cleavage, look for tops that have something extra going on. Glamour, "How to Find the Best Bikini Top for Your Boobs," 11 Apr. 2019 While former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson certainly knows how to heat things up with her fiery mane, there's no denying the pinup made her mark in Playboy with her blonde tresses. Fox News, "Better blonde, brunette or red?," 22 Sep. 2018 The intimacy and vividness of her work, the delicate, fine brushstrokes, recall Delacroix, but the cheeky, unapologetic, and at times challenging attitude of her heroines evokes a model in a pinup magazine. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Lisa Yuskavage’s Art Continues to Defy Characterization," 6 Nov. 2018 Instead of the usual Gothic script and pinup-girl tropes, Welcome Home’s artists draw illustrative line tattoos of outstretched palms, fairy-tale-esque bunnies, or pears growing on a branch. John Januzzi, The Cut, "The Best of New York Health & Self 2018," 6 Mar. 2018 Artist Mikel Janin provided stellar artwork, enhanced by frequent pinup illustrations that appeared every two pages by various artists at DC, including co-publisher Jim Lee, Jason Fabok, Mitch Gerads and Frank Miller. David Betancourt,, "Fans were mad that Batman and Catwoman's wedding day surprise was ruined. But the story is still great.," 10 July 2018 The playful pinup styles are a happy translation of its whimsical aesthetic, complemented by Ms. Degreas’s figure-flattering shapes. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "How to Be a Poolside Pinup," 27 June 2018 The décor is whimsical, with Midcentury Modern and Art Deco furniture, a liberal dose of animal prints and pinup-girl calendars from the 1940s and 50s. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Inside the Many, Many Homes of This Jewelry Billionaire," 12 July 2018 Jianqing meets a fellow with a lot of pinups in his room, and the two enthusiastically trade the names of their favorite Japanese pornography actresses. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "The Bounty of Netflix International," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of pinup


1943, in the meaning defined above


1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pinup

: a photograph of an attractive person (such as an actress or model) that is hung or pinned on a wall
: a person who appears in or is attractive enough to appear in a pinup

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