Definition of pinup in US English:



  • 1A poster showing a famous person or sex symbol, designed to be displayed on a wall.

    • ‘Who was your bedroom wall poster pin-up: David Cassidy?’
    • ‘Is it just us, or does all this retro culture stuff seem infused with an element of cheesecake, a world where the pin-up was the height of visual elegance?’
    • ‘And a testosterone-driven culture was further fed by the pin-up, culminating in the Page 3 Girl.’
    • ‘The walls are filled with pin-up posters of Abba, the Bee Gees, and Shaun Cassidy.’
    • ‘One of the ‘girls’ in the office has a pin-up of Robert Montgomery on the wall.’
    • ‘You could stick it next to your pin-up of Hendrik Verwoerd, another old white man who thought his Bible held some useful tips on how to manage human affairs.’
    • ‘Adam was checking out a calendar with pin-ups of models when he saw me clutching all the posters of him, ‘Whoa, I never knew you were so into me.’’
    • ‘They are purely concerned with selling their creativity and observing how the world respond to it whereas boybands are more concerned with capitalising on memorabilia sold and being the pin-ups in every girl's room.’
    • ‘Women soldiers will also have to take down their favorite pin-ups, as one clause, expressly formulated to include both men and women, prohibits them from hanging up pornographic images that might offend others.’
    • ‘Scorsese reinforces the point by juxtaposing images of his own mother preparing food for prim and well-behaved children with the nudie pin-ups that adorn the walls at the hang-out of J.R. and his pals.’
    • ‘Cover images were pin-ups for the people, available on newsstands everywhere.’
    • ‘The owner of each disc will receive a special prize and a signed pin-up!’
    • ‘By reuniting the oft-reproduced images of Che Guevara and the Baader-Meinhof pin-ups with their tenets of belief, LaBruce puts the radical back into radical chic.’
    • ‘I also want to thank the editors of The Nation for their playfulness and/or insensitivity in allowing my perky pin-up to get into print.’
    • ‘I pondered what it would feel like, going to one of my mates houses and having him show me the latest pin-up in his garage, only to find that it would be her.’
    • ‘Amongst a second set of Glastonbury posters is a pin-up of Michael and Emily Eavis.’
    • ‘Jacksonville Shipyard established that nude pin-ups in a locker - apart from any other consideration - constituted sexual harassment, even if the complainant was not targeted.’
    • ‘Football's original pin-up was described by university registrar James O'Kane as ‘noteworthy, sometimes notorious, but never ignored’.’
    • ‘Before you know it, Petey is a panderer of pulchritude, a producer of pin-ups featuring barely dressed babes.’
    • ‘And be still my beating heart, a stunning collection of old pin-ups, magazines and paperbacks for sale on e-bay.’
    1. 1.1 A person shown in a pinup.
      • ‘Don't you think women had to compete with pinups?’
      • ‘Not nude, but the mutton chops are swell; he's like a luscious pinup from another lifetime.’
      • ‘Fedorov told The Hockey News that he questioned Kournikova about Bure and wanted to break up but was convinced by the tennis pinup to continue their relationship.’
      • ‘Is the work of nude dancers and Playboy pinups really hundreds of times more valuable than what homemakers do?’
      • ‘Okay, first the bar - which has only been open a couple of months and is FABULOUS - wall-to-wall burlesque beauties, pinups, vintage striptease on the teevee.’
      • ‘Due next spring, the effort will introduce a more contemporary and racially diverse group of pinups, who last fall helped push volume up 2% in an otherwise flat category.’
      • ‘I would suggest, however, that today's communist pinups are attractive women who display a menacing demeanor similar to their ancestors.’
      • ‘I'd been picturing posters of famous sports stars and playboy pinups covering the walls, and rows of CDs and DVDs.’
      • ‘One of the pinups named Gretchen, for example, clearly doesn't have the desired effect; her ‘Dutch cap seemed unromantic and precluded the element of mystery.’’