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Oct 14, 2021
This week’s theme
Bird words

This week’s words
dovecote
puttock
raven messenger
pigeonhole
war hawk

pigeonhole
pigeonhole, noun 1

pigeonhole
pigeonhole, noun 2
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pigeonhole
pigeonhole, noun 3
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with Anu Garg

pigeonhole

PRONUNCIATION:
(PIJ-uhn-hohl)

MEANING:
noun:1. A hole or recess for a pigeon to nest or rest.
 2. One of a series of small compartments for filing papers, etc.
 3. A stereotypical category, not reflecting the complexities.
verb tr.:1. To place in, or as if in, a pigeonhole.
 2. To lay aside for future consideration.
 3. To stereotype, to put into a preconceived, rigid category.

ETYMOLOGY:
From pigeon, from Old French pijon (a young bird), from Latin pipio, from pipere/pipare (to chirp) + Old English hol. Earliest documented use: 1577.

USAGE:
“She hardly knew Rory, so pigeonholing him into one of her ten male types would be wrong. But the tattoos, earrings, and leather suggested a guy who was carrying around lots of pain and anger.”
Hope Ramsay; The Bride Next Door; Grand Central Publishing; 2018.

See more usage examples of pigeonhole in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. -Dwight D. Eisenhower, US general and 34th president (14 Oct 1890-1969)

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