Definition of pawn:
- A man or piece of the lowest rank.
- A stake hazarded in a wager.
- Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See Pledge, n., 1.
- See Pan, the masticatory.
- State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise.
- 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.
- To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to risk; to wager; to hazard.
souse, pluck, douse, drench, intoxicate, gazump, toy, plaything, get off, puppet, overcharge, hit it up, Cinderella, fleece, stooge, borrow, token, victim, bishop, target, run away with, cat's-paw, hock, chessman, tool, castle, sacrificial lamb, earnest, soak, official document, instrumental role, grand master, hook, chessman, security, fool, inebriate, instrument, chessboard, check, transactions, musical instrument, co-opt, dowse, pledge, lay figure, leverage, take, plume, sop, dupe, checkmate, cannon fodder, chess, warrant, legal document, gambit, legal instrument, whipping boy, guaranty, collateral, rob, surcharge, imbue, capture.
- lend (part of speech: verb)
- servant (part of speech: noun)
- loan (part of speech: noun)
On this occasion he had arrived in very bad plight indeed: he had brought away from Cork nothing but what he could carry on his body, and had been forced to pawn what he could pawn in order that he might subsist And then he had been taken with ague, and with the fit strong on him had crawled away to Spinny Lane, and had there been nursed by the mother and daughter whom he had ill used, deserted, and betrayed.- "Castle Richmond", Anthony Trollope.
Madam some I have, But not so serious to pawn my life for't: If you keep this quarter, and maintain about you Such Knights o'th' Sun as this is, to defie Men of imployment to ye, you may live, But in what fame?- "The Scornful Lady", Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher.
- "Cousin Betty", Honore de Balzac.