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Definition of Pawn


  1. See Pan, the masticatory.
  2. A man or piece of the lowest rank.
  3. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See Pledge, n., 1.
  4. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise.
  5. A stake hazarded in a wager.
  6. 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.
  7. To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to risk; to wager; to hazard.

Pawn Quotations

I felt ashamed for what I had done. I don't have any excuses. I did what I did. I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn't pawn this off on anybody. I'm sorry it happened. And I hurt people.
Louie Anderson

Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink.
e. e. cummings

The male is always the pawn in a romantic comedy. Come together, break up, go chase her, get her, roll credits. That's what happens in all of them.
Matthew McConaughey

I look at improvising as a prolonged game of chess. There's an opening gambit with your pawn in a complex game I have with one character, and lots of side games with other characters, and another game with myself - and in each game you make all these tiny, tiny moves that get you to the endgame.
Steve Carell

The citizen is becoming a pawn in a game where nobody knows the rules, where everybody consequently doubts that there are rules at all, and where the vocabulary has been diminished to such an extent that nobody is even sure what the game is all about.
Andrew Eldritch
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Pawn Translations

pawn in Afrikaans is soldaat
pawn in Danish is soldat
pawn in Dutch is pion
pawn in French is soldat, engager, nantissement, pion
pawn in German is Bauer
pawn in Italian is contadino, deposito
pawn in Latin is pignus
pawn in Norwegian is soldat
pawn in Portuguese is penhor
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