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[pig-ish] /ˈpɪg ɪʃ/
resembling a pig, especially in being slovenly, greedy, or gluttonous:
piggish table manners.
(of food portions) indecently large.
Origin of piggish
First recorded in 1810-20; pig1 + -ish1
Related forms
piggishly, adverb
piggishness, noun Unabridged
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  • What was the use of all that noise and crowding and piggish hurry?

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But I do wish you'd eat something—it's so piggish of you not to—really it is!

  • But, in his piggish way, Messer Simone had a kind of knowledge of men.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • He was selfish and priggish and worse, he was piggish—A regular beast of a brute.

  • Well, I never before believed that Mr. Gander would be so piggish!

    The Gray Goose's Story Amy Prentice
  • Dot was rather inclined to think that this was piggish on Sandys part.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • To be piggish as you and I have been all our lives does not seem to be just the thing for immortals to be doing.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • And so I.  To crawl is piggish; but to not crawl, to be as the clod and rock, is loathsome to contemplate.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for piggish


like a pig, esp in appetite or manners
(informal, mainly Brit) obstinate or mean
Derived Forms
piggishly, adverb
piggishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for piggish

1792, from pig (n.) + -ish. Until 20c. usually "stubborn, selfish; unclean, coarse;" association with greedy eating is more recent. Related: Piggishly; piggishness.

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