Definition of Pigeonhole

1. Noun. A specific (often simplistic) category.

Generic synonyms: Category



2. Verb. Place into a small compartment.
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

3. Noun. A small compartment.
Exact synonyms: Cubbyhole
Generic synonyms: Compartment

4. Verb. Treat or classify according to a mental stereotype. "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"
Exact synonyms: Stamp, Stereotype
Generic synonyms: Assort, Class, Classify, Separate, Sort, Sort Out
Derivative terms: Pigeonholing, Stamp, Stereotype

Definition of Pigeonhole

1. n. A small compartment in a desk or case for the keeping of letters, documents, etc.; -- so called from the resemblance of a row of them to the compartments in a dovecote.

2. v. t. To place in the pigeonhole of a case or cabinet; hence, to put away; to lay aside indefinitely; as, to pigeonhole a letter or a report.

Definition of Pigeonhole

1. Noun. A nook in a desk for holding papers. ¹

2. Noun. One of an array of compartments for sorting post, messages etc. at an office, or college (for example). ¹

3. Noun. A hole, or roosting place for pigeons. ¹

4. Verb. To categorize; especially to limit or be limited to a particular category, role, etc. ¹

5. Verb. To put aside, to not act on (proposals, suggestions, advice). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pigeonhole

1. [v -HOLED, -HOLING, -HOLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pigeonhole

pigeon hawk
pigeon hole
pigeon holes
pigeon loft
pigeon pair
pigeon pea
pigeon toes
pigeoned
pigeoneer
pigeoneers
pigeonfoot
pigeongram
pigeongrams
pigeonhawk
pigeonhawks
pigeonhole (current term)
pigeonhole principle
pigeonholeable
pigeonholed
pigeonholer
pigeonholers
pigeonholes
pigeonholing
pigeonholings
pigeoning
pigeonite
pigeonites
pigeonless
pigeonlike
pigeonries

Literary usage of Pigeonhole

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1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"2. hollow, coyer, nook, alcove, niche, retreat; spec, pigeonhole, cubbyhole, oriel; see CLOSET. Antonyms: see PROJECTION. recess, V. t. 1. ..."

2. The United States Post Office: Its Past Record, Present Condition, and by Daniel Calhoun Roper (1917)
"There will be a pigeonhole for all local mail, a pigeonhole for each nearby State or group of distant States, a pigeonhole for each of several very large ..."

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