What does Peter mean?

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ˈpi tərPe·ter

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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.

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

  2. Peternoun

    The leading Apostle in the New Testament.

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

  3. Peternoun

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

    Synonym: Pet.

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

  4. Peternoun

    A patronymic surname.

    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,

    Etymology: [Etymol. uncertain.]

  2. Peterverb

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

    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

  1. peter


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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

How to pronounce Peter?

  1. Alex
    US English

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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. Farris Wilks:

    America has always been a land of opportunity. Its the one place on earth where you can go from building brick walls in the Texas heat to the kind of success my brother and I have achieved, ted Cruz believes in the opportunity society, he believes in the dignity of hard work, and hes not afraid to fight for what he believes in. The Wilkses are not the only billionaires backing Cruz. Reclusive hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer gave $11 million; Texas energy investor Toby Neugebauer gave $10 million. Mercer has declined to comment on why he is supporting Cruz, while Neugebauer backs Cruz for his track record promoting conservative causes and opposing the federal debt. Despite the large donations, Cruz is not among the leaders of the Republican race. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sept. 8 showed him in fourth place among Republican voters at 5.5 percent, tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. . PRAYING FOR CRUZ. The day after President Barack Obama won a second term, I was pretty bummed out, Farris Wilks told congregants in a sermon on Nov. 7, 2012, a recording of which was provided by Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow with the equal rights group People for the American Way. I do believe that our country died that Tuesday night, Wilks said. Less than a year later, Farris found himself in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, where Cruz stood with head bowed in a prayer circle, surrounded by evangelical Christians. Cruz was among the political headliners at a Pastors and Pews conference, an annual, closed-door affair that now occurs in roughly 14 states and is organized by Christian nationalist David Lane. The born-again Lane, a self-described former wild man of drugs, wine, women and song, believes the Bible should be the primary textbook in public schools and that judges who favor same-sex marriage should be impeached. He says people who embrace homosexual marriage, along with pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media, are creating Americas downfall with their multiracial false gods. One of Lanes major aims is to motivate at least 1,000 pastors to run for office in 2016. Polling shows there are 65 million to 80 million evangelical Christians but only a quarter of them vote. Getting 5 percent more registered and voting would, according to Lane, put a conservative in the White House. Asked about the Wilks brothers' financial support for Cruz, Lane said in an interview:.

  2. Jeff Eastin:

    Peter’s specialty is usually sort of the puzzle solving, the putting the pieces together that an FBI agent would be good at. And Neal, I always look at Neal as somebody who can sort of look at the problem from outside the box and approach it in a way that most people wouldn’t think to. Mozzie adds his own expertise, which usually that sort of that street level guy who knows the way that criminals do it. And Elizabeth has a certain amount of emotional intelligence that we try to play off of. She’s going to see things from a human perspective that a lot of times Peter won’t see or Neal won’t see.

  3. Jens Falkenberg:

    To me, Peter is not a murderer.

  4. Aitan Goelman:

    If the Committees were actually interested in making sure The American people knew the truth, The American people would release the transcript of Pete's previous testimony, the American people real intentions are made clear by the fact that The American people took Peter Strzok testimony in secret, selectively leaked parts of it and are now withholding the transcript from the public.

  5. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    As a Roman Catholic, he's the head of the Church, he's the successor of Peter -- is what I believe -- and I have tremendous respect and admiration for him, i haven't seen his statement, but I'm an elected official in the United States of America in the federal government, and our number one obligation is to keep people safe and our immigration system is a part of that.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. irascible
    • B. motile
    • C. usurious
    • D. tantamount

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