What does Peter mean?

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ˈpi tərPe·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Peter.

Princeton's WordNet

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

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

  2. cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putznoun

    obscene terms for penis


  1. Peternoun

    A male given name from Ancient Greek.

    She knew of no Peter, and yet he was here and there in John and Michael's minds, while Wendy's began to be scrawled all over with him. The name stood out in bolder letters than any of the other words, and as Mrs Darling gazed she felt that it had an oddly cocky appearance.

  2. Peternoun

    The leading Apostle in the New Testament.

  3. Peternoun

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

    Synonym: Pet.

  4. Peternoun

    A patronymic surname.

  5. Etymology: From Middle English Petre, from Latin Petrus, from Ancient Greek Πέτρος (Pétros), from πέτρος (pétros, " stone, rock"), related to πέτρα (pétra).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peternoun

    a common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles,

  2. Peterverb

    to become exhausted; to run out; to fail; -- used generally with out; as, that mine has petered out

  3. Etymology: [Etymol. uncertain.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Peter

    pē′tėr, v.i. in mining, to become exhausted (with out): (fig.) to lose power or value.

  2. Peter

    pē′tėr, v.i. to call for trumps at whist, by throwing away a higher card of a suit while holding a smaller.—n. this signal for trumps.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Peter

    A word employed in America for running up the prices at an auction. It is derived from the Dutch pethur, to run, to hurry. The common name for a confederate of the auctioneer at a mock auction is a “Peter Funk,” that of the fictitious person to whom the goods are knocked down.

Who Was Who?

  1. Peter

    No relation to the following. He introduced the art of chocolate making into Switzerland, and the art of eating it into America. Ambition: More children and people with sweet teeth.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Peter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #807

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Peter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #916

Anagrams for Peter »

  1. petre

  2. erept

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Peter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Peter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Peter in a Sentence

  1. Muriel Bowser:

    Right now there is no accountability for the people who came to these protests and attacked our police and we haven't seen a willingness from the Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham attorney to prosecute them, we need the federal government to do its job and prosecute these people.

  2. Walter Jones:

    If St. Peter called and said you need to vote for this bill if you want to get into heaven, I'd say I can't do it.

  3. Julia Gillard:

    I have a view that men and women are equal, a few years ago I heard [defense chief General] Peter Cosgrove say that men and women should have an equal right to fight and die for their country. I think he is right about that.

  4. Patrick McCurry:

    I knew within a week of meeting Peter Paul Buttigieg that Peter Paul Buttigieg was the smartest human I had ever met, peter Paul Buttigieg was super curious and engaged and thoughtful.

  5. Michael Caster:

    To purport that Peter was 'planted' in China by foreign forces is part of a trend by Chinese authorities of blaming 'hostile foreign forces' for domestic grievances.

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    not established or confirmed
    • A. unsealed
    • B. eloquent
    • C. equivalent
    • D. incumbent

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