Definition of stool pigeon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


stool pigeon

BrE BrE//ˈstuːl pɪdʒɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstuːl pɪdʒɪn//
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a person, especially a criminal, who helps the police to catch another criminal, for example by spending time with them and getting secret information synonym informer Word Originlate 19th cent.: so named from the original use of a pigeon fixed to a stool as a decoy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stool pigeon