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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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  • Water from shallow wells within a hundred feet of barnyards, pigpens, or other outhouses is usually unsafe to drink.

    Health Lessons Alvin Davison
  • Chicken houses, pigpens, vegetable gardens, and orchards were visited by members returning from the midnight conclaves.

    The Sequel of Appomattox Walter Lynwood Fleming
  • And at night she roosted on any handy place in the barn or the haymow, under the carriage-shed or even over the pigpens.

    The Tale of Henrietta Hen Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Depredations by wolves here upon henroosts and pigpens are of frequent occurrence.

  • In the same way they visit the pigpens and take the young pigs away from the mother.

British Dictionary definitions for pigpens


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 pigpens



(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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