Definitions

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a leader who entices people to follow (especially to their doom)
  • n. the title character in a German folk tale and in a poem by Robert Browning

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • According to Manchester, the traditional fairy-tale hero called the Pied Piper was actually a pervert who chopped up his young followers into neat little piles of torsos, arms and legs.

    Four ethnic "Survivors": An interview with four Oakland teen prostitutes

  • Apparently, I was known as the Pied Piper in our local ¬≠supermarket - because I always had three children trailing around after me.

    mirror.co.uk - Home

  • 'Pied Piper' Molecule Key in Treating Prostate Cancer, Leukemia Statins Also Lower Prostate Cancer Patients 'Prostate-Specific Antigen Levels Men With Higher Bone Density More Likely To Develop Prostate Cancer Last Updated -- Designed & Content Managed by Medindia Health Network Pvt Ltd.

    Medindia Health News

  • It's hard to know where to start -- the bit about luring speculators into the muni market, for all the world as though Goldman's some kind of Pied Piper and buy-side investors are guileless children; the very idea of the muni market as being a potential arena for speculative activity; the idea that such activity is bound to be profitable for the desks taking the other side of the trade -- all of it tends to fall apart on a moment's reflection.

    Adrian Monck

  • His first novel, King Rat, published in 1998, was a twisted version of the Pied Piper story set in London's clubland, with drum'n'bass coursing through its prose.

    A life in writing: China Miéville

  • The Second Follower is the Pied Piper of the masses, the "connector" or the "sales guy" who knows how to get the message out and make it a party!

    Kari Henley: How To Start A Movement In 3 Minutes

  • But what does this all have to do with rats and the Pied Piper tale?

    Exclusive First Look: Grimm Takes on the Pied Piper -- Rats!

  • Andrea was our Pied Piper of style, setting the tone for the oft-copied look of the glossy as well as the office, where a handbag she a mentioned casually in conversation somehow ended up on the arm of the entire staff the following week.

    Meredith Barnett: How Sassy Discovered Chloe Sevigny

  • Regis eventually stormed into the coat room to find his own coat and was followed out of the party by other guests like the Pied Piper of New York.

    Tom Murro: If You Can't Make the Super Bowl, Party With the Owners

  • They are the Pied Piper's of the world who lives outside the lines, and can show up at any stage of life.

    Kari Henley: Inspirational Teachers Vital for Generation Net

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • I think the Piper is called "pied" because he wears clothes made of different colored patches, like a harlequin.

    February 5, 2012

  • the word pied is defined on this site as,"adj. Patchy in color; splotched or piebald. So are we talking about a Piper who is patchy in color here, who is splotched or piebald?

    February 5, 2012