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pigsney

[pigz-nee]
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noun Obsolete.
  1. a darling.
  2. an eye.
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Origin of pigsney

1350–1400; Middle English piggesnye, earlier piggesneyge, equivalent to pigges pig's (see pig1, 's1) + n- (probably extracted from an, indefinite article) + -ye, eyge eye
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Historical Examples

  • See also pigsney in Todd's Johnson, where one quotation has the form pigs eie.

    Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales

    Geoffrey Chaucer


Word Origin and History for pigsney

n.

(obsolete), late 14c., endearing form of address to a girl or woman, apparently from Middle English pigges eye, literally "pig's eye," with excrescent -n- from min eye, an eye, etc. See OED for explanation of why this might have been felt as a compliment. In a pig's eye! as an adverse retort is recorded from 1872.

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