clay pigeon

clay pi·geon
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kley pij-uh n]
    • /kleɪ ˈpɪdʒ ən/
    • /kleɪ ˈpɪdʒ.ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kley pij-uh n]
    • /kleɪ ˈpɪdʒ ən/

Definitions of clay pigeon words

  • countable noun clay pigeon Clay pigeons are discs of baked clay which are thrown into the air by a machine as targets for gun shooting practice. 3
  • noun clay pigeon a disc of baked clay hurled into the air from a machine as a target to be shot at 3
  • noun clay pigeon a person in a defenceless position; sitting duck 3
  • adjective clay pigeon denoting a form of shooting in which the target is a disc of baked clay hurled into the air from a machine 3
  • noun clay pigeon a brittle, saucerlike disk as of baked clay, tossed into the air from a trap as a target in skeet and trapshooting 3
  • noun clay pigeon Trapshooting, Skeet. a disk of baked clay or other material hurled into the air from a trap as a target. 1

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Origin of clay pigeon

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90

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Parts of speech for Clay pigeon


clay pigeon popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 29% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for clay pigeon

noun clay pigeon

  • bird — A bird is a creature with feathers and wings. Female birds lay eggs. Most birds can fly.
  • skeet — a hand consisting of a nine, five, two, and two other cards of denominations below nine but not of the same denomination, being of special value in certain games.

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