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  • n. A low-ranking soldier who merely carries a pike.
  • n. A working-class (often underclass) person; can vary from specifically Irish Travellers to gypsies or travellers from any ethnic background, but now increasingly used for any socially undesirable person, with negative connotations of benefit fraud, theft, single-parent families and living on run-down estates.
  • v. to steal.

Etymologies

pike + -y (Wiktionary)
From obsolete pike, to depart or travel, or possibly from turnpike This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. - needs to be confirmed (Wiktionary)
Derived from the stereotype that all gypsies or other travellers are thieves. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • This word was debated by the BBC to see if it was racist after BBC's Top Gear made a "Pikey's Peak" joke about Pike's Peak hill climb race.

    http://m.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31922773

    I previously saw the term 'pikey' in the 2000 movie Snatch


    I wonder if it's coincidence that this article is from March 17th.

    March 17, 2015