- 1pigeonhole somebody (as something) to decide that somebody belongs to a particular group or type without thinking deeply enough about it and considering what other qualities they might have synonym categorize, label He has been pigeonholed as a children's writer.
- 2pigeonhole something to decide to deal with something later or to forget it synonym shelve Plans for a new school have been pigeonholed.
BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pigeonhole
BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊl//he / she / it pigeonholes
BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊlz//past simple pigeonholed
BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊld//past participle pigeonholed
BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊld//-ing form pigeonholing
BrE BrE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊlɪŋ//