Main definitions of peter in English

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peter1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Decrease or fade gradually before coming to an end.

    ‘the storm had petered out’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the city, however, the convulsions of anarchy appeared to be petering out.’
    • ‘The game looked to be petering out to a drab draw, until Aidan McCarron, the flying Mary's full-forward, was wrestled to the ground inside the square.’
    • ‘A path petered out a few feet from my washing line at the back.’
    • ‘By the end, however, the film sort of peters out, and the script falls apart.’
    • ‘The communal disturbance continued for a couple of weeks before petering out.’
    • ‘I go for a run along a river path that quickly peters out and leaves me in an industrial zone.’
    • ‘We never get beyond a three-volley reply situation as conversation peters out after establishing that we're both fine and neither of us cares.’
    • ‘And there the story sort of peters out, I'm afraid.’
    • ‘The ending, in particular, is a definite let-down as the script simply peters out in dialogue rather than concluding on the monumental bang Tarantino's been teasing us to expect all along.’
    • ‘That argument went in circles for a while before petering out in non-resolution.’
    • ‘Some films peter out purely on lack of effort in developing the main storyline.’
    • ‘But when I looked up, further downstream, I could see the river narrowing, petering out.’
    • ‘The events of their communities marking the passage of each year were petering out as young people left for the capital cities.’
    • ‘Gradually Barcelona had petered out in that first half, Ronaldinho in particular.’
    • ‘But the movie doesn't really hold together; apart from the irritating visual style, the script really peters out and most of the performances are played way too broadly.’
    • ‘When the door shuts, conversation peters out, expressions sour, a drunk guy in a shiny shirt leans against the wall.’
    • ‘The ending peters out inconclusively in a welter of playful/sloppy metafictional games.’
    • ‘In fact you can't - the road peters out at the Beacon, a white landmark on top of a cliff, which looks like a giant coasthouse.’
    • ‘We then rewind through the previous stories, expecting everything to come together with a bang, but instead seeing each tale peter out in a whimper.’
    • ‘The men in green will be disappointed with their performance as their smooth first half petered out in the second.’
    disappear, vanish into thin air, be lost to sight, be lost to view, be invisible, become invisible, evaporate, dissipate, disperse, fade, fade away, melt away, evanesce, recede from view, withdraw, depart, leave, go away
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Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

peter

/ˈpidər//ˈpēdər/

Main definitions of peter in English

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peter2

noun

informal
  • A man's penis.

Origin

Late Middle English: from the given name Peter, applied in many transferred uses. Current senses date from the 19th century.

Pronunciation

peter

/ˈpēdər//ˈpidər/

Main definitions of peter in English

: peter1peter2peter3Peter4

peter3

verb & noun

  • ‘West started by cashing two top diamonds, on which East petered’
    another term for echo

Origin

Late 19th century: from Blue Peter (the invitation to one's partner to play a further lead in the suit being likened to the raising of this flag).

Pronunciation

peter

/ˈpidər//ˈpēdər/

Main definitions of peter in English

: peter1peter2peter3Peter4

Peter4

noun

  • Either of two books of the New Testament, epistles ascribed to St. Peter.

    • ‘The purpose of this blog is to share and discuss info about recent New Testament research with a particular emphasis on 1 Peter.’
    • ‘The biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan dates the account of the passion within the Gospel of Peter to the middle of the first century C.E.’

Pronunciation

Peter

/ˈpēdər//ˈpidər/