from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small compartment or recess, as in a desk, for holding papers; a cubbyhole.
- n. A specific, often oversimplified category.
- n. The small hole or holes in a pigeon loft for nesting.
- transitive v. To place or file in a small compartment or recess.
- transitive v. To classify mentally; categorize.
- transitive v. To put aside and ignore; shelve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A nook in a desk for holding papers.
- n. One of an array of compartments for sorting post, messages etc. at an office, or college (for example).
- n. A hole, or roosting place for pigeons.
- v. To categorize; especially to limit or be limited to a particular category, role, etc.
- v. To put aside, to not act on (proposals, suggestions, advice).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old English game, in which balls were rolled through little arches.
- n. A small compartment in a desk or case for the keeping of letters, documents, etc.; -- so called from the resemblance of a row of them to the compartments in a dovecote.
- transitive v. To place in the pigeonhole of a case or cabinet; hence, to put away; to lay aside indefinitely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the holes in a dove-cote or pigeon-house through which the birds pass in and out.
- n. Hence A little compartment or division in a case for papers, a bureau, a desk, or the like.
- n. One of a series of holes in an arch of a furnace through which the gases of combustion pass.
- n. One of a series of holes in the block at the bottom of a keir through which its liquid contents can be discharged.
- n. plural An old English game, resembling modern bagatelle, in which balls were rolled through little cavities or arches.
- n. In printing, an over-wide space between printed words. Also called rat-hole.
- To place or file away in a pigeonhole; hence, to lay aside for future consideration; hence, to lay aside and ignore or forget; “shelve”; treat with intentional neglect: as, to pigeonhole an application for an appointment; to pigeonhole a scheme.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. place into a small compartment
- v. treat or classify according to a mental stereotype
- n. a small compartment
- n. a specific (often simplistic) category
pigeon + hole. (Wiktionary)