piper1 (1322-23)

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piper1 (1322-23)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 8,562b *pippare; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,342c pipeur; TL: ; DEAF:  piper (pipeur); DMF:  pipeur; TLF:  pipeur; OED:  piper n.1; MED:  piper(e n.; DMLBS: 2288a piparius ]

When used purely as a surname, the word may also be interpreted as Middle English piper n. ('workman who lays pipes') or peper n. ('pepper'). However, the former word is otherwise not attested in Anglo-Norman, whereas the latter, indeed a variant spelling of pevere, is not otherwise attested as a surname in Anglo-Norman.

In continental French, the cognate word is only attested with a more figurative sense of 'trompeur, tricheur', derived from the verbal sense of piper: 'to hunt a bird by imitating its call' and hence 'to trick, deceive' (both senses not attested in Anglo-Norman piper2). It therefore seems likely, that the Anglo-Norman term was a borrowing from English.


1musicoccupationpiper, person who plays a pipe, flute or similar wind instrument
( 1322-23 )  paié a Laurentin piper, ministral le Roi  679
( 1373 )  Ceste endenture faite parentre nostre seignur Johan etc. d'une part et Hans Gough piper d'autre part  ii 1
( 1374 )  Henry Hultescrane piper, Smeltes piper et James Sanche clarioner, noz ministrals  ii 219
( 1393 )  Ceste endenture faite parentre nous Thomas conte Mareschall [...] d'une part et William Sutton piper d'autre part [...]  115
pipe#1  pipee  piper#2 
This is an AND2 Phase 4 (N-O/U-P-Q) entry. © 2013-17 The Anglo-Norman Dictionary. All rights reserved. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom.