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1 something that resembles a pill in shape or size
2 a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet [syn: lozenge, tablet, tab]
3 a unpleasant or tiresome person
4 something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured; "his competitor's success was a bitter pill to take"
5 a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception [syn: birth control pill, contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive, anovulatory drug, anovulant]

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  • pɪl
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl

Etymology 1

From Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pille (Dutch pil), probably from Latin pilula.


  1. A small portion of a drug or drugs to be taken orally, usually of roughly cylindrical shape, often coated to prolong dissolution or ease swallowing.
  2. the pill: A pill which functions as a contraceptive.
  3. A contemptible, annoying, or unpleasant person.
  4. A small piece of any substance, for example a ball of fibres formed on the surface of a textile by rubbing.
  5. In the context of "archaic|baseball|slang": A baseball term meaning the ball.
  6. A comical or entertaining person.
  7. A small inlet or creek of a tidal river, especially one with a landing stage or wharf.
A small portion of a drug or drugs to be taken orally
A pill which functions as a contraceptive
A contemptible, annoying, or unpleasant person
A small piece of any substance


  1. intransitive textiles Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.
  2. To form into the shape of a pill.
    Pilling is a skill rarely used by modern pharmacists.
  3. To medicate with pills.
    She pills herself with all sorts of herbal medicines.

Etymology 2

Latin pilare ‘depilate’, from pilus ‘hair’.


  1. To peel; to remove the outer layer of hair, skin, or bark.
  2. To pillage; to despoil or impoverish.

Extensive Definition

Pill can refer to:
pill in Danish: Pille
pill in German: Pille (Begriffsklärung)
pill in Esperanto: PIL
pill in French: Pilule
pill in Italian: PIL
pill in Dutch: Pil
pill in Japanese: PIL
pill in Portuguese: PIL
pill in Swedish: Pil

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

IUD, SOB, bag, bastard, birth control device, bolus, bore, bugger, butt, buttonholer, capsule, condom, contraceptive, contraceptive foam, cough drop, crank, crashing bore, creep, cure, diaphragm, drag, drip, drug, dryasdust, dusty, fag, fart, flat tire, frightful bore, headache, heel, hood, hooligan, humdrum, intrauterine device, jerk, louse, lozenge, meanie, medicament, medication, medicine, mother, nuisance, oral contraceptive, pastille, pellet, pessary, pest, pharmaceutical, prophylactic, proser, rat, remedy, rubber, shit, shithead, shitheel, skin, smoke, spermicidal jelly, spermicide, stinkard, stinker, tablet, the pill, troche, turd, twaddler, wet blanket
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