Usage notesIt has been linked etymologically to the word pikey as well as to Pike County in eastern Missouri http://www.yourdictionary.com/ahd/p/p0300200.html. In the latter instance the term originally denoted poor immigrants to California.
QuotationsThe 2000 film Boiler Room makes reference to "pikers" in the following excerpt:
- ''So now you know what's possible, let me tell you what's required. You are required to work your fucking ass off at this firm. We want winners here, not pikers. A piker walks at the bell. A piker asks how much vacation time you get in the first year. Vacation time? People come to work at this firm for one reason: to become filthy rich; that's it. We're not here to make friends; we're not saving the fucking manatees here, guys. You want vacation time, go teach third grade at a public school. (wav, mp3)
- Indefinite plural of'' pike
Piker may refer to:
- Miranda Piker, a character cut (removed before publication) from the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Piker, a cheapskate, skinflint, tightwad, or penny pincher. Someone who will ignore quality and buy the cheapest version of something. Thought to originate from two sources: a piker as a migrant or vagrant who travels along a turnpike; or someone from Pike County, Missouri.
Arab, adventurer, beach bum, beachcomber, beggar, betting ring, bettor, bo, boneshaker, bum, bummer, cardshark, cardsharp, cardsharper, cheapskate, compulsive gambler, crap shooter, dogie, drifter, floater, gambler, gamester, gamin, gamine, guttersnipe, hazarder, hobo, homeless waif, idler, landloper, lazzarone, loafer, losel, mudlark, niggard, penny pincher, petty gambler, pier, player, plunger, punter, ragamuffin, ragman, ragpicker, roadster, rounder, sharp, sharper, sharpie, ski bum, skinflint, speculator, sport, sporting man, sportsman, stiff, stray, street Arab, street arab, street urchin, sundowner, surf bum, swagman, swagsman, tatterdemalion, tennis bum, tightwad, tinhorn, tipster, tout, tramp, traveler, turnpiker, urchin, vag, vagabond, vagrant, venturer, wagerer, waif, waifs and strays, wastrel