I. pigeonhole pi‧geon‧hole 1 [ˈpɪdʒnhəʊl ǁ -hoʊl] verb [transitive]
to consider a person, activity etc as belonging to a particular type or group, in a way that is too simple and therefore unfair; = LABEL:

• Electronic books and multimedia had originally been pigeonholed as a small, exclusive market.

  [m0] II. pigeonhole pigeonhole 2 noun [countable] OFFICE
one of a set of small boxes in a frame on a wall, in which you can put letters etc for people to collect, or one of a set of small boxes that are part of a desk:

• I left a copy of the report in your pigeonhole.

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pigeonhole UK US /ˈpɪdʒənhəʊl/ verb [I or T]
DISAPPROVING to form a fixed and often unfair idea of what someone or something is like: »

They say reviewers are pigeonholing their studies and making unfair judgements about potentially useful research.

be pigeonholed as sth »

We decided to drop the .com in our name because we didn't want to be pigeonholed as an internet company.


I was pigeonholed early in my career.

pigeonhole UK US /ˈpɪdʒənhəʊl/ noun [C]
WORKPLACE one of a set of small boxes along a wall in which mail, messages, etc. can be left: »

She left her business card in my pigeonhole.

DISAPPROVING a particular group of similar things that people or things are put into: put sb/sth in a pigeonhole »

My boss put me in a pigeonhole, so I was never considered for work in other departments.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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