pillow

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pilwe, from Old English pylwe, pylu, pyle (pillow), from Proto-Germanic *pulwį̄ (pillow), from Latin pulvīnus (cushion), of unknown origin. Cognate with Dutch peluw (pillow, bolster), German Pfühl (pillow).

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Noun[edit]

pillow (plural pillows)

  1. A soft cushion used to support the head in bed.
  2. (geology) A pillow lava.
  3. (engineering) A piece of metal or wood, forming a support to equalize pressure; a brass; a pillow block.
  4. (nautical) A block under the inner end of a bowsprit.
  5. A kind of plain, coarse fustian.

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Verb[edit]

pillow (third-person singular simple present pillows, present participle pillowing, simple past and past participle pillowed)

  1. (transitive) To rest as on a pillow.
    • 1942: She had pillowed her head on her arm — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 815-6)