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pigeonhole

pi·geon·hole

pigeonhole

 
pronunciation:
pI jn hol
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small, recessed area in which a pigeon builds its nest.
similar words:
hole
definition 2: one of usu. several recessed areas, as in a desk, for filing paper, envelopes, or the like.
synonyms:
cubbyhole, slot
similar words:
compartment, niche, nook
definition 3: a narrow, usu. oversimplified label or category.
similar words:
category, label, niche, slot, stereotype
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pigeonholed, pigeonholes, pigeonholing
definition 1: to put in or as if in a pigeonhole, esp. so as to store or set aside.
synonyms:
shelve, table
similar words:
file
definition 2: to place into a predetermined category.
He pigeonholed all of his critics as conservatives.
synonyms:
classify
similar words:
categorize, label, niche, sort, stereotype