I just got back from London where I attended a three day rock festival. I got crushed by pikers near the front of the stage. A very handsome young man, with longish hair (like a Beatle haircut) and gorgeous GFs sat down next to me with a swolen eye said a Piker just punched him.
He worries more about taking time off then making money or working hard.
2) Best example is from the movie "Boiler Room" where Ben Affleck wants salesmen that want to make money, not pikers who worry only about vacation time.
Characterised by lurchers on a string, a unintelligible language that "isn't English, it isn't Irish, it's just Pikey" (source: Film: Snatch).
Pikeys are well-known for their skills of negotiation in business.
It's probably why they talk like that...so you can't follow what's being said. (source: Film: Snatch)
"What are we doing here?"
"We're buying a caravan."
"Off a pack of fucking pikeys? What's wrong with you? This will get messy...Oh, you bastard.I fucking hate pikers."
To qualify a piker they must a )consider $50 an investment
b) sounds like really irritating, banal pathetic/useless/ stupid/moron inducing sludge
Talks for hours about investments and has invested nothing, what a piker
What totally shit piece of human action, what a piker
Pike County, Missouri, is located on the Mississippi River north of St. Louis and just south of Mark Twain's Hannibal. It is still a quiet rural county, noted for the Stark Brothers Nursery and not much else.
But its name is known nationwide, thanks to Pikers, who followed the gold rushes to California and Colorado in the mid-nineteenth century. By the late 1850s they were so prominent in these adventures that Piker became the nickname for anyone from Missouri, not just from Pike County.
We find them in a Marysville, California, newspaper of 1860:
"Pillbox said they were there for the benefit of the 'Pikers,' that they might learn to read."
The Pikers were not noted for quickness of wit or spectacular success at finding gold, but they did gain a reputation for frugality. A Piker would not gamble, drink, or spend his money to excess. Thus he was viewed by the free-spending majority as a timid cheapskate.
And so piker, having lost its association with a particular place and thereby its capital letter, came to mean someone of no boldness or ambition, someone who ventures little and always plays it safe.
The term applied first to small-stakes gamblers, then to small-stakes investors in the stock market, then to slackers in any enterprise.