from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coarse trailing vine (Cucurbita pepo) widely cultivated for its fruit.
  • n. The large pulpy round fruit of this plant, having a thick, orange-yellow rind and numerous seeds.
  • n. Any of several other vines of the genus Cucurbita, especially C. maxima or C. moschata, bearing large pumpkinlike squashes.
  • n. A moderate to strong orange.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A domesticated plant, Cucurbita pepo, similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon.
  • n. The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant.
  • n. The color of the fruit of the pumpkin plant.
  • n. Any of a number of cultivars from the genus Cucurbita; known in the US as winter squash.
  • n. A term of endearment for someone small and cute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A well-known trailing plant (Cucurbita pepo) and its fruit, -- used for cooking and for feeding stock; a pompion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of a variety of Cucurbita Pepo; also, the plant which produces it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn
  • n. a coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration (influenced by -kin) of obsolete pumpion, from obsolete French pompon, popon, from Old French pepon, from Late Latin pepōn, from Latin, watermelon or gourd, from Greek, ripe, large melon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French pompon, from Latin pepō, from Ancient Greek πέπων (pepōn, "large melon"), from πέπων (pepōn, "ripe"), from πέπτω (peptō, "ripen").



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  • Usage/historical note on pompions.

    January 8, 2017

  • I used this term on AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) to indicate the time I really really no joke had to stop talking to my friend and go to bed. (In reference to Cinderella's midnight deadline).

    "FYI, pumpkin is 11:30 tonight. I have a test first thing tomorrow."

    September 17, 2015

  • I don't get how this thing is related to the pump.

    May 20, 2009

  • Overheard today. Friend to husband: "You hate my pumpkin underwear."

    April 20, 2008

  • pumpkin: another term for incest

    December 9, 2007

  • Jeez, first we're talking about throwing a Wordie off Wordie, then stabbing another? Yeah, we should stick to talking about pumpkins.

    October 22, 2007

  • Ahh. That explains it. Thanks for clarifying, seanahan!

    I'm not sure I like pukkin at all. I do, however, like punkin.

    October 22, 2007

  • I figured it would be disturbing if I said "stab proof", since I'm pretty sure that "stabby proof" has no semantic meaning, but I should make it clear my feelings were directed at PUMP! kin.

    October 21, 2007

  • I like pukkin. :) I think we all understand that you were joking, but I much prefer when stabby is directed at the words themselves.

    October 21, 2007

  • Umm... I do hope you're joking...?

    I really like the word "stabby," but it's kind of creepy to read comments about stabbing people. Maybe it's coming off in a less amusing way than you intended...?

    October 21, 2007

  • What you should be waiting to see, Jennarenn, is whether or not your shirt is stabby proof.

    October 21, 2007

  • I allus liked the pronunciation pukkin!

    October 21, 2007

  • Ah, pumpkin. I had that nickname as a child. It was pronounced PUMP! kin.

    *waiting to see if Seanahan will add PUMP!kin* ;)

    October 20, 2007

  • Carve one up to your own standards here

    Happy Halloween!

    October 20, 2007