pikey

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Etymology 1[edit]

pike + -y

Noun[edit]

pikey (plural pikeys)

  1. A low-ranking soldier who merely carries a pike.

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

pikey (plural pikeys)

  1. (UK, pejorative) 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.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Derived from the stereotype that all gypsies or other travellers are thieves.

Verb[edit]

pikey (third-person singular simple present pikeys, present participle pikeying, simple past and past participle pikeyed)

  1. (UK, slang, derogatory) to steal.