pikey


pikey
pikey /pīˈki/ (derog sl)
noun
1. Orig an itinerant person, a gypsy
2. A boorish and uneducated person, esp one engaged in a criminal or antisocial activity
adjective
Characteristic of a pikey
ORIGIN: Perh shortened from ↑turnpike

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