Definitions for: Pawn

[n] borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan
[n] (chess) the least powerful chessman; moves only forward and captures only to the side; it can be promoted to a more powerful piece if it reaches the 8th rank
[n] a person used by another to gain an end
[n] an article deposited as security
[v] give as a guarantee

Webster (1913) Definition: Pawn, n.
See Pan, the masticatory.

Pawn, n. [OE. paune, poun, OF. peon, poon, F. pion, LL.
pedo a foot soldier, fr. L. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and
cf. Pioneer, Peon.] (Chess)
A man or piece of the lowest rank.

Pawn, n. [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan
skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See Pane.]
1. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the
payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See
Pledge, n., 1.

As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not
take pawns without use [i. e., interest]. --Bacon.

2. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a
promise. [R.]

Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown.

As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness.

3. A stake hazarded in a wager. [Poetic]

My life I never held but as a pawn To wage against
thy enemies. --Shak.

In pawn, At pawn, in the state of being pledged. ``Sweet
wife, my honor is at pawn.'' --Shak.

Pawn ticket, a receipt given by the pawnbroker for an
article pledged.

Pawn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pawned; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. 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.

And pawned the last remaining piece of plate. --Dryden.

2. To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to
risk; to wager; to hazard.

Pawning his honor to obtain his lust. --Shak.

Synonyms: cat's-paw, hock, instrument, soak

See Also: assistant, borrowing, charge, chess piece, chessman, consign, help, helper, pledge, supporter

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