Peter, Simon Peter, Saint Peter, St. Peter, Saint Peter the Apostle, St. Peter the Apostle

(noun) disciple of Jesus and leader of the Apostles; regarded by Catholics as the vicar of Christ on earth and first Pope

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Proper noun

Peter (plural Peters)

A male given name from Ancient Greek.

The leading Apostle in the New Testament.

(biblical) The epistles of Peter in the New Testament of the Bible, 1 Peter and 2 Peter attributed to St. Peter.

Synonym: Pet. (abbreviation)

(rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname.


• Peret, Petre, Prete, peert, petre, repet.

Etymology 1


peter (plural peters)

(slang) The penis.

Etymology 2


peter (plural peters)

(UK, slang) A safe.

Etymology 3


peter (third-person singular simple present peters, present participle petering, simple past and past participle petered)

(most often used in the phrase peter out) To dwindle; to trail off; to diminish to nothing.

Usage notes

Originally used independently, but today most often in the derived phrase peter out.

Etymology 4


peter (third-person singular simple present peters, present participle petering, simple past and past participle petered)

(card games, intransitive) synonym of blue peter


• Peret, Petre, Prete, peert, petre, repet.

Source: Wiktionary

Pe"ter, n.

Definition: A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, Peter boat, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers.

– Peter Funk, the auctioneer in a mock auction. [Cant, U.S.] -- Peter pence, or Peter's pence. (a) An annual tax or tribute, formerly paid by the English people to the pope, being a penny for every house, payable on Lammas or St.Peter's day; -- called also Rome scot, and hearth money. (b) In modern times, a voluntary contribution made by Roman Catholics to the private purse of the pope.

– Peter's fish (Zoöl.), a haddock; -- so called because the black spots, one on each side, behind the gills, are traditionally said to have been caused by the fingers of St. Peter, when he caught the fish to pay the tribute. The name is applied, also, to other fishes having similar spots.

Pet"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Petered; p. pr. & vb. n. Petering.] Etym: [Etymol. uncertain.]

Definition: To become exhausted; to run out; to fail; -- used generally with out; as, that mine has petered out. [Slang, U.S.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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