Definitions for pawnpɔn
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word pawn
an article deposited as security
instrument, pawn, cat's-paw(noun)
a person used by another to gain an end
(chess) the least powerful piece; moves only forward and captures only to the side; it can be promoted to a more powerful piece if it reaches the 8th rank
borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan
pawn, soak, hock(verb)
leave as a guarantee in return for money
"pawn your grandfather's gold watch"
see Pan, the masticatory
a man or piece of the lowest rank
anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See Pledge, n., 1
state of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise
a stake hazarded in a wager
to give or deposit in pledge, or as security for the payment of money borrowed; to put in pawn; to pledge; as, to pawn one's watch
to pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to risk; to wager; to hazard
Origin: [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See Pane.]
The pawn is the most numerous piece in the game of chess, and in most circumstances, also the weakest. It historically represents infantry, or more particularly, armed peasants or pikemen. Each player begins a game of chess with eight pawns, one on each square of the rank immediately in front of the other pieces. Individual pawns are referred to by the file on which they stand. For example, one speaks of "White's f-pawn" or "Black's b-pawn", or less commonly, "White's king bishop pawn" or "Black's queen knight pawn". It is also common to refer to a rook pawn, meaning any pawn on the a- or h-file, a knight pawn, a bishop pawn, a queen pawn, a king pawn, and a central pawn.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
v. t., To keep property in the family by leaving it all with your Uncle.
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