What does Piper mean?

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ˈpaɪ pərpiper

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. piper, bagpipernoun

    someone who plays the bagpipe

  2. Piper, genus Pipernoun

    type genus of the Piperaceae: large genus of chiefly climbing tropical shrubs


  1. pipernoun

    A musician who plays a pipe.

  2. pipernoun

    A bagpiper.

  3. pipernoun

    A baby pigeon.

  4. pipernoun

    A common European gurnard (Trigla lyra), having a large head, with prominent nasal projection, and with large, sharp, opercular spines.

  5. pipernoun

    A sea urchin (Goniocidaris hystrix) with very long spines, native to the American and European coasts.

  6. Pipernoun

    used since the mid-twentieth century, first by the American actress Piper Laurie.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pipernoun

    One who plays on the pipe.

    Etymology: from pipe.

    Pipers and trumpeters shall be heard no more in thee. Rev.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pipernoun

    see Pepper

  2. Pipernoun

    one who plays on a pipe, or the like, esp. on a bagpipe

  3. Pipernoun

    a common European gurnard (Trigla lyra), having a large head, with prominent nasal projection, and with large, sharp, opercular spines

  4. Pipernoun

    a sea urchin (Goniocidaris hystrix) having very long spines, native of both the American and European coasts

  5. Etymology: [L.]


  1. Piper

    Piper, the pepper plants or pepper vines, are an economically and ecologically important genus in the family Piperaceae. It contains about 1,000-2,000 species of shrubs, herbs, and lianas, many of which are keystone species in their native habitat The diversification of this taxon is of interest to understanding the evolution of plants. Pepper plants belong to the magnoliids, which are angiosperms but neither monocots nor eudicots. Their family, Piperaceae, is most closely related to the lizardtail family, which in fact generally look like smaller, more delicate and amphibious pepper plants. Both families have characteristic tail-shaped inflorescences covered in tiny flowers. A somewhat less close relative is the pipevine family. A well-known and very close relative – being also part of the Piperaceae – are the radiator plants of the genus Peperomia. The scientific name Piper and the common name "pepper" are derived from the Sanskrit term pippali, denoting the Long Pepper.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Piper

    A plant genus of the family PIPERACEAE that includes species used for spicy and stimulating qualities.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. piper

    A half-dried haddock. Also, the shell Echinus cidaris. Also, the fish Trigla lyra.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PIPER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Piper is ranked #1607 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Piper surname appeared 22,329 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 would have the surname Piper.

    86.3% or 19,281 total occurrences were White.
    8% or 1,795 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 480 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 413 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 208 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 152 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Piper in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Piper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Piper in a Sentence

  1. Mujahid Dokubo-Asari:

    Then one man from a tiny community in Ijaw comes. He's not Yoruba, Igbo, or Hausa. They can't bear it, he who pays the piper must dictate the tune, and the delta has been paying the piper for so very long. If they make war, we can make war. We have the capacity to take what's ours.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

  3. Mariska Hargitay:

    The way I’ve lived with loss is to lean into it, as the saying goes, the only way out is through. In my life, certainly, I’ve tried to avoid pain, loss, feeling things. But I’ve learned instead to really lean into it because sooner or later you have to pay the piper.

  4. Federal Aviation Association:

    A single-engine Piper PA-24 crashed in a residential area in New Hudson, Mich., about 4 p.m. local time today. Contact local authorities for information on the condition and identity of the pilot and any passengers. There is no report of injuries on the ground, the FAA will release the aircraft tail number when The FAA is verified at the accident scene. The Federal Aviation Association and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.

  5. Federal Aviation Administration:

    FAA air traffic controllers lost contact with a Piper PA-34 aircraft ... shortly after the pilot reported engine problems, and told air traffic controllers that he was diverting to the Kentucky Dam State Airport.

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