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  • n. A small or petty person, creature or object, especially a fairy, dwarf, imp, or elf.
  • n. A contemptible or stupid person or creature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cant word for anything petty or small. It is used by Drayton as the name of a fairy.


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  • I pursued the sad inquiry: 'A noodle, a pigwidgeon, a ninnyhammer, a bubble on the wave, a leaf in the wind, Madame! '

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  • But in Malvina, side by side with much that is commendable, there appears to have existed a most reprehensible spirit of mischief, displaying itself in pranks that, excusable, or at all events understandable, in, say, a pixy or a pigwidgeon, strike one as altogether unworthy of a well-principled

    The Fawn Gloves

  • "Well, when we discharge pigwidgeon, your friend with the bell shape -- Jack Sheep yer -- all you got to do, Levin, is to send the hard cole to your mother by him, sayin ',' Bless you, marm; my wages will excoos my face! '"

    The Entailed Hat Or, Patty Cannon's Times

  • I’m proud of you for not mentioning The Bridgewater Treatises, particularly Babbage’s Fragment, which seems to come closest of them to Dembski’s blather. pigwidgeon

    Shermer and Dembski in Bridgewater - The Panda's Thumb


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  • (noun) - (1) A kind of cant word for anything petty or small. --Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, 1755 (2) A fairy. --Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon of the English Language, c. 1850 (3) Of obscure origin and meaning. Some have identified it with the name of a fairy knight favoured by Queen Mab, the wife of Oberon. --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1909

    January 27, 2018

  • Noun. (Written also pigwidgin and pigwiggen.) A cant word for anything petty or small. It is used by Drayton as the name of a fairy.

    Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

    Also, I believe, a character in the Harry Potter books, possibly an owl, probably belong to a Weaseley boy.

    (Too lazy to look it up)

    July 16, 2008