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Uncle Peter stood in a flood of light at the door of his room.

"There's enough like that kind, though," interrupted Uncle Peter.

In the simpler phrasing of Uncle Peter Bines, he will "cut loose."

But Uncle Peter had already put in some hard winters, and was not wanting in fortitude.

He was busy almost half an hour, while Uncle Peter smoked in silence.

This cop that found me in a hallway, he says I must have been give a dose of Peter.

When he came out ten minutes later Uncle Peter was waiting for him alone.

Why, of course not, Uncle Peter; only I had to look around some at first,—for a year or so.

"Hum," remarked Uncle Peter, in a tone to be noticed for its extreme dryness.

Uncle Peter had first declared that the thought of food sickened him.


masc. proper name, 12c., from Old English Petrus (genitive Pet(e)res, dative Pet(e)re), from Latin Petrus, from Greek Petros, literally "stone, rock," translation of Syriac kefa "stone" (Latinized as Cephas), nickname Jesus gave to apostle Simon Bar-Jona (Matt. xvi:17), historically known as St. Peter, and consequently a popular name among Christians (e.g. Italian Pietro, Spanish and Portuguese Pedro, Old French Pierres, French Pierre, etc.). Slang for "penis" is attested from 1902, probably from identity of first syllable.

The common form of this very common name in medieval England was Peres (Anglo-French Piers), hence surnames Pierce, Pearson, etc. Among the diminutive forms were Parkin and Perkin. To rob Peter to pay Paul (1510s, also in early 17c. French as descouvrir S. Pierre pour couvrir S. Pol) might be a reference to the many churches dedicated to those two saints, and have sprung from the fairly common practice of building or enriching one church with the ruins or revenues of another. But the alliterative pairing of the two names is attested from c.1400 with no obvious connection to the saints:



nounpenis (vulgar)


nounpenis (vulgar)


nounmale sexual organ


nounpenis (vulgar)

prick up ears

nounpenis (vulgar)
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