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PLA’GIARY. n.s. [from plagium, Lat.]
I. A thief in literature; one who steals the thoughts or writings
of another.
The ensuing discourse, lest I chance to be traduced for a
plagiary by him who has played the thief, was one of those
that, by a worthy hand, were stolen from me. South.
Without invention, a painter is but a copier, and a poet
but a plagiary of others; both are allowed sometimes to copy
and translate.  Dryden’s Dufresnoy.
2. The crime of literary theft. Not used.
Plagiary had not its nativity with printing, but began when
the paucity of books scarce wanted that invention.  Brown.



PIQUEE’RER. n.s. A robber; a plunderer. Rather pickeerer.
When the guardian professed to engage in faction, the word
was given, that the guardian would soon be seconded by
some other piqueerers from the same camp. Swift.



PIGWI’DGEON. n.s. This word is used by Drayton as the
name of a fairy, and is a kind of cant word for any thing
petty or small.
Where’s the Stoick can his wrath appease,
To see his country sick of Pym’s disease;
By Scotch invasion to be made a prey
To such pigwidgeon myrmidons as they?  Cleaveland.

PIE’LED. adj.

PIE'LED. adj.

PIE’LED. adj. Perhaps for peeled, or bald; or piled, or having
short hair.
Piel’d priest, dost thou command me be shut out?
Shakesp. Henry VI.



He will knap ye spears a-pieces
wth his teeth More’s antid. Athm.

PI’DDLER. n.s.

PI'DDLER. n.s.

PI’DDLER. n.s. [from piddle.] One that eats squeamishly, and
without appetite.



PICKTHA’NK. n.s. [pick and thank.] An officious fellow,
who does what he is not desired; a whispering parasite.
With pleasing tales his lord’s vain ears he fed,
A flatterer, a pickthank, and a lyer. Fairfax.
Many tales devis’d,
Oft the ear of greatness needs must hear,
By smiling pickthanks and base newsmongers. Shakesp.
The business of a pickthank is the basest of offices. L’Estrange.
If he be great and powerful, spies and pickthanks generally
provoke him to persecute and tyrannize over the innocent and
the just. South’s Sermons.



PI’CKLEHERRING. n.s. [pickle and herring.] A jack-pudding;
a merry andrew; a zany; a buffoon.
Another branch of pretenders to this art, without horse or
pickleherring, lie snug in a garret.  Spectator, No 572.
The pickleherring found the way to shake him, for upon
his whistling a country jig, this unlucky wag danced to it
with such a variety of grimaces, that the countryman could
not forbear smiling, and lost the prize. Addis. Spect.

To PI’CKEER. v.a.

To PI'CKEER. v.a.

To PI’CKEER. v.a. [piccare, Italian.]
I. To pirate; to pillage; to rob.
2. To make a flying skirmish. Ainsworth.
No sooner could a hint appear,
But up he started to pickeer,
And made the stoutest yield to mercy,
When he engag’d in controversy. Hudibras.



PICKAPACK. adv. [from pack, by a reduplication very common
in our language.] In manner of a pack.
In a hurry she whips up her darling under her arms, and
carries the other a pickapack upon her shoulders. L’Estr.