Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small swelling of the skin, usually caused by acne; a papule or pustule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inflamed (raised and colored) spot on the surface of the skin that is usually painful and fills with pus.
  • n. An annoying person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any small acuminated elevation of the cuticle, whether going on to suppuration or not.
  • n. Fig.: A swelling or protuberance like a pimple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with pimples; cause to abound with pimples; spot or blotch as with pimples.
  • n. A small inflammatory dermal tumor or swelling; a papule or pustule, such as are seen in acne.
  • n. A little elevation or protuberance, of any kind, resembling a pimple.
  • n. A jolly boon companion.

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

  • n. a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne

Etymologies

Middle English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Early Modern English pimple, pumple (not found in Middle English), probably a nasalised variation of Old English piplian, pyplian "to break out in pimples, show erruptions". Akin to Old English pipliġende "having shingles". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This then eventually swells forming a reddish mini-boil: this is what we call a pimple, acne or even blackheads.

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  • Extractions of active acne whether it is the pustule type we call a pimple or a comedone, which we refer to as a blackhead are tricky and unnecessary and can be unsafe too.

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  • The pimple was the first sign of flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis; that player needed multiple surgeries and skin grafts before his infection healed.

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  • = — There are many kinds of pimples, some of which partake almost of the nature of ulcers, which require medical treatment; but the small red pimple, which is most common, may be removed by applying the following twice a day: Sulphur water, one ounce; acetated liquid of ammonia, one-quarter ounce; liquor of potassa, one grain; white wine vinegar, two ounces; distilled water, two ounces.

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  • | Reply | Permalink for the record, I said 'pimple', not 'pimp'.

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  • Blood flow remains normal until the plaque "pimple" ruptures.

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  • By the turn of the century, Junod could write that Knobneusen was no longer even an appropriate name for the Transvaal Tsonga because "pimple" tattooing had ceased to be practiced in that area, although the scarification of women's chests and "waists" was still widespread.

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  • If you have some kind of pimple that isn't looking right or some kind of little boil on your skin, don't just put a band-aid on it and figure it will be okay.

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  • He told me to watch for signs of infection, including a "pimple" on the gums above the tooth.

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  • Well, of course don't go by what I say because your pediatric dentist has actually seen the child, but if there is a "pimple", yup it's probably abscessed, festering there.

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