- 1 [countable] a small round piece of medicine that you swallow without chewing it a vitamin pill Take three pills daily after meals. (informal) pill-popping (= the act of taking too many pills or using illegal drugs) see also pep pill, sleeping pill
- 2the pill, the Pill [singular] a pill that some women take to prevent them becoming pregnant the contraceptive pill to be/go on the pill see also morning-after pill
- 3 [countable] (informal) an annoying person Idioms
nounjump to other results
a fact or an event that is unpleasant and difficult to accept The election defeat was a bitter pill for the party to swallow.
a bitter pill (for somebody) (to swallow)jump to other results
to do something that makes an unpleasant situation seem less unpleasant synonym sugar-coat
sugar/sweeten the pilljump to other results