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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! '
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
"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! '"
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