Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bald-headed person; a pitiable or foolish person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who has lost his hair by disease; a sneaking fellow, or one who is hardly used.

Etymologies

From pilled / peeled + garlic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those who had come to know him regarded Jack as pilgarlic.

    Never Sated

  • He is not the pettifogging pilgarlic of popular conception: he is a devoted servant of letters, willing to take his thirty or forty dollars a week, willing to suffer the _peine forte et dure_ of his profession in the knowledge of honest duty done, writing terse and marrowy little essays on manuscripts, which are buried in the publishers 'files.

    Shandygaff

  • After this, we e'en jogged to bed for that night; but the devil a bit poor pilgarlic could sleep one wink -- the everlasting jingle-jangle of the bells kept me awake whether I would or no.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 5

  • So don't I, quoth Panurge; poor pilgarlic is fain to make everybody's time his own; if they have time, I find time.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 5

  • After this, we e’en jogged to bed for that night; but the devil a bit poor pilgarlic could sleep one wink — the everlasting jingle-jangle of the bells kept me awake whether I would or no.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • So don’t I, quoth Panurge; poor pilgarlic is fain to make everybody’s time his own; if they have time, I find time.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • "In these circles, a word like ` pilgarlic 'can come in handy.

    FallNews - all mud and witches

  • Besides being a real word in the dictionary that means a bald-headed man, ` pilgarlic 'is to ` bald' as ` statesman 'is to ` political hack.'"

    FallNews - all mud and witches

  • I do not offer the pinched-up pilgarlic who dines off a wizened apple and a crust of bread as a model for imitation; at the same time, I warn you seriously against following the example of the gobbling glutton who swallows every dish that tempts his palate. "

    The Merry-Go-Round

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  • Ha ha: "peeled garlic" with the now-obsolete meaning of a baldheaded man.

    July 14, 2007