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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

Noun He is dating a glamorous pinup.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Young Pope, after all, did not merely bait meme-makers by imagining a pope who was also a pinup. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The New Pope’s Old Magic," 8 Jan. 2020 The rest of her autobiography traces Harry’s ascent from punk scenester to Blondie’s crossover-pop success, largely thanks to Harry, who embraced her role as a new wave pinup. Phillip Valys,, "Miami Book Fair 2019: Blondie’s Debbie Harry on ‘Face It,’ ‘Heart of Glass’ and the rapture of fame," 11 Nov. 2019 Entertainment includes tattoo and pinup contests, Mega Wrestling, live music and comedy. Cindy S. Kuse,, "Best bets: Six things to do in Connecticut this weekend," 6 Oct. 2019 With a pinup hairdo and some shimmering purple makeup, the star was practically runway-ready. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Halsey Wears Sultry Plum Silk Pajama Robe, Matching Shorts at Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Fashion Show: See Pics," 11 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Pinup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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