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Meaning of PAWN

Pronunciation:  pon

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan
  2. [n]  (chess) the least powerful chessman; moves only forward and captures only to the side; it can be promoted to a more powerful piece if it reaches the 8th rank
  3. [n]  a person used by another to gain an end
  4. [n]  an article deposited as security
  5. [v]  give as a guarantee

PAWN is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: cat's-paw, hock, instrument, soak
 See Also: assistant, borrowing, charge, chess piece, chessman, consign, help, helper, pledge, supporter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pawn\, n.
    See {Pan}, the masticatory.
  2. \Pawn\, n. [OE. paune, poun, OF. peon, poon, F. pion, LL.
    pedo a foot soldier, fr. L. pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and
    cf. {Pioneer}, {Peon}.] (Chess)
    A man or piece of the lowest rank.
  3. \Pawn\, n. [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan
    skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See {Pane}.]
    1. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the
       payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See
       {Pledge}, n., 1.
             As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not
             take pawns without use [i. e., interest]. --Bacon.
    2. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a
       promise. [R.]
             Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown.
             As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness.
    3. A stake hazarded in a wager. [Poetic]
             My life I never held but as a pawn To wage against
             thy enemies.                          --Shak.
    {In pawn}, {At pawn}, in the state of being pledged. ``Sweet
       wife, my honor is at pawn.'' --Shak.
    {Pawn ticket}, a receipt given by the pawnbroker for an
       article pledged.
  4. \Pawn\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pawned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To give or deposit in pledge, or as security for the
       payment of money borrowed; to put in pawn; to pledge; as,
       to pawn one's watch.
       And pawned the last remaining piece of plate. --Dryden.
    2. To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to
       risk; to wager; to hazard.
             Pawning his honor to obtain his lust. --Shak.
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