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piker

1. slang An extremely frugal or stingy person; a cheapskate or miser. I tried to convince her to spend a little bit more money and get some nicer wedding invitations, but she's such a piker that she just went for the cheapest ones she could find. Don't be a piker, Tom—leave them a little bit more for a tip!
2. slang A slothful, lazy, or indolent person; someone who avoids work or shirks their responsibilities. He was such a piker all his life that it's kind of strange seeing him apply himself so enthusiastically to his work now. The problem with this industry is that it attracts its fair share of pikers who just want a paycheck for as little actual work as possible.
3. slang Someone who is disinclined to participate in social activities with others. I keep inviting Brett to come out with us on the weekends, but he keeps being a piker and hanging back at home. You can't be a piker your whole time in university, or you'll miss out on half the reason for being here!

piker

(ˈpɑɪkɚ)
1. n. a miser; a cheapskate. (Also a term of address.) A 5 percent tip? You piker!
2. n. a lazy person; a shirker. Come on, you lazy piker. There’s plenty left for you to do.
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Like other foreign anthropologists working in Southeast Asia at the time--Melford Spiro, Stanley Tambiah, Marjorie Muecke, Steven Piker, among others--Terwiel felt the need to create broad categories to describe the inconsistency of purported belief and actual practice.
11) Piker liked to point out that this broad definition allowed a continuum between a very peripheral federal system in which the central government controlled only one category of action and a very centralized federalism in which the central government controlled all but one category of action.
In the end, Boris Piker battled past Mohamad Mansi 25-16 in the final.
While at Middleton One Row, local piker Mick Fox reported chub are increasingly picking up and often dropping small deadbaits that result in unhooked runs.
If you fancy hunting one, first you must obtain permission and if you have never fished for pike before, please ask an experienced piker to take you out.
Obama really has shown what a piker Bush was when it comes to throwing away taxpayers' dollars, including "green" subsidies to companies like Solyndra, a no-effect stimulus, buyouts and Queen Michelle's vacations and parties.
Tirelessly they shuffle hats, costume pieces and accents with lightning speed, their 40 roles apiece making a veritable piker out of BD Wong, who's responsible for only 11 parts in "Herringbone" in La Jolla's smaller venue, barely 39 steps away.
Even if one accepts at face value the worst charges against Pinochet (which I don't), one must conclude that he was a mere piker in the brutality department, compared to terror champs like Castro, Putin, Jintao, et al.
By Joshua Piker (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.
The Rutters also had a good first hire: Bruce Piker, who has 15 years of experience in sign design and production.
I'm not sure Brian did any more to earn that money than certain advertising agencies currently en vogue in Montreal did to earn their fees, although no doubt Brian now looks like a piker in comparison.
On Tuesday, December 17, West Country piker Peter Gregory will be the guest speaker and on Wednesday, January 22, one of the country's foremost predator anglers Neville Fickling will be speaking.
You can't put a value on the constant exposure the school and community receive while the Colts organization is here," says David Piker, executive director of external affairs at RoseHulman.
The air force bombing Belgrade includes planes from NATO member Turkey, whose ethnic cleansing of Kurds makes Milosevic look like a piker.