Definition of pimple in English:

pimple

noun

  • A small hard inflamed spot on the skin.

    ‘he had a pimple at the corner of his mouth’
    figurative ‘I can see the hut down there, just a tiny pimple’
    • ‘After Liu asked the man about his own health condition, he rolled up his sleeve and showed her pimples on his own skin.’
    • ‘Dry skin, pimples, cramping during exercise and strongly coloured urine can also be the result of dehydration.’
    • ‘I love to pop pimples or boils or blisters especially when they reside on a body other than my own.’
    • ‘His body was covered in boils and scars and pimples and it was a truly disgusting monster.’
    • ‘Clay masks cover similar ground as exfoliators by cleaning pores, but they also smooth your skin and dry out pimples.’
    • ‘Yes, spots, pimples and cold sores are less important than bad breath or missing teeth.’
    • ‘He reported that in the wake of the air strikes on fishing villages, people found that their bodies had large pimples and boils.’
    • ‘My skin was not absent of blemishes, I had a pimple on my cheek and a scar on my chin.’
    • ‘Symptoms of rosacea include skin redness and pimples on the nose, chin, cheeks or forehead.’
    • ‘These infections may be mild such as pimples or boils or serious, for example infection of the bloodstream, bones or joints.’
    • ‘Another strain of the bacterium staphylococcus aureus already lives on the skin of a third of the population but rarely causes anything more serious than pimples or boils.’
    • ‘When your skin is tan, pimples may seem better because the redness is harder to see.’
    • ‘With inflammatory acne, the whiteheads become overloaded with bacteria and swell, producing pimples and pustules.’
    • ‘Lesions or pimples develop as a result of the skin's being irritated.’
    • ‘Any infection in this area, as from a pimple or boil in the nostril or on the upper lip or nose, may cause a local tissue inflammation known as cellulitis.’
    • ‘You've learned the hard way that picking pimples can leave small scars or even big crater-like ones.’
    • ‘Flawless skin suddenly erupts with pimples as one grows up.’
    • ‘Do you want an overweight guy with scars and pimples who lives out of a cardboard box?’
    • ‘He was the kind of guy who never had to worry about acne and pimples because he never had them.’
    • ‘Some of these pimples contain pus and appear as small white bumps.’
    spot, pustule, blackhead, boil, swelling, eruption, carbuncle, wen, cyst, abscess, blister
    acne
    plook
    whitehead, zit
    comedo
    papule, bleb, blain, whelk
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Origin

Middle English: related to Old English piplian ‘break out in pustules’.

Pronunciation:

pimple

/ˈpɪmp(ə)l/