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[pig-pen] /ˈpɪgˌpɛn/
a pen for keeping pigs.
a filthy or untidy place:
This kitchen is a pigpen.
Origin of pigpen
First recorded in 1795-1805; pig1 + pen2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And there was a battle down in the Devil's pigpen day before yesterday.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Now, it happened that there was one loose board in a corner of the pigpen.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Reckon he is, sah—you'll find him over yonder cleanin' out the pigpen.


    George Niblo
  • Just because there was a nail loose in the pigpen I got in trouble with all the live stock.

  • Notice as you go that this place doesn't look much like a pigpen now.

    The Banner Boy Scouts George A. Warren
  • The best part of sleeping in the old pigpen, they thought, was being able to leave it whenever they chose.

    Tales of a Poultry Farm

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • It is often desirable to change the location of a pigpen, especially where a single pig is kept.

    Home Pork Making A. W. Fulton
  • Neither winter snows nor the spring and summer rains should be allowed to beat into a pigpen.

    Home Pork Making A. W. Fulton
  • One night two ladies who were alone in their cabin, were alarmed by wild appeals from the pigpen, and found it invaded by a bear.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for pigpen


noun (US & Canadian)
a pen for pigs; sty
a dirty or untidy place
Also called pigsty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for pigpen



(also pigsty) Any filthy, littered place: His room's a pigpen (1872+; 1820+ pigsty)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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