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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.

  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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PETER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Peter is ranked #3859 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Peter surname appeared 9,191 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Peter.

    71.2% or 6,551 total occurrences were White.
    12% or 1,105 total occurrences were Asian.
    8% or 736 total occurrences were Black.
    3.7% or 340 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.9% or 268 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 191 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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. Pope Francis:

    Pope Francis also called for prayer for the summit to end the tensions between the two Koreas before Pope Francis homily at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. May the talks that will take place in Singapore in the coming days contribute to the development of a positive path to ensure a peaceful future for the Korean Peninsula and for the whole world.


    rain a fall, breeze a blow. bend down low let me tell you what I know!- trench town days with ras cardo and the brethren and sistrens including- bob marley, peter tosh, cherry junior, and others.

  3. President Obama on Wednesday:

    It threatens American personnel and facilities located in the region and is responsible for the deaths of U.S. citizens James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller, if left unchecked, ISIL will pose a threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States homeland.

  4. Zhang Peihong:

    I wouldn't call my attitude optimistic, after all Peter has only done good works, so he shouldn't face any punishment. I do hope the court will act impartially.

  5. Tidjane Thiam:

    A few months ago, I had asked Lara Warner, Peter Goerke and Romeo Cerutti to review our global approach to the handling of claims of sexual harassment at Credit Suisse, having concluded their review, they have made clear recommendations which we will be implementing with immediate effect.

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