What does piper mean?

Definitions for piper
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.


  1. piper

    A piper is a person who plays a pipe, specifically, a bagpipe or a similar musical instrument. In literature, the term might also refer to a character who possesses a magical or enchanting quality, like the Pied Piper. It can also be a family or last name in some cultures. Additionally, Piper is a genus of flowering plants in the Piperaceae family.

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. Shane Lewis:

    You can rustle a chip packet and they know what’s in there, that makes them aggressive. Greg Piper said when Greg Piper visited the site, Greg Piper saw tourists holding out apples, bananas, corn chips and other processed foods to the wild animals, The Guardian reported. Kangaroos typically graze on grasses. A nutritionist for a zoo in Australia said disrupting a kangaroo's diet can result in aggression and health problems. ( Facebook/Kroosn Shuttle Service Pty Ltd) Disrupting the kangaroo’s natural diet can cause health problems, such as stomach ulcers, and cause aggression, according to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

  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. 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.

  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. President Charles Rice:

    He has a pied piper mentality.

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    the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
    • A. sweep
    • B. anil
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