- an oblong mass of metal that has been run while still molten into a mold of sand or the like, especially such a mass of iron from a blast furnace.
- one of the molds for such masses of metal.
- metal in the form of such masses.
- pig iron.
verb (used with object), pigged, pig·ging.
verb (used without object), pigged, pig·ging.
- to live like a pig, especially in dirt.
- to lead a disorganized, makeshift life; live without plan or pattern.
Origin of pig1
noun Scot. and North England.
Origin of pig2
Examples from the Web for pig
Contemporary Examples of pig
He has said he believes Al Sharpton is a “race pimp” and a pig.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll
December 31, 2014
Unfortunately, neither of our teams had pinpointed the pig's burial site.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
November 14, 2014
Pig [growling sotto voce behind his hand, mock-furtive as a Disneyland Foxy Loxy]: Take 35 percent off the top and split!The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
Because too often, YouTube fame is as fleeting as a thirty-second video of a pig saving a goat from drowning.Inside StyleHaul, the Largest Fashion Network on YouTube You’ve Never Heard Of
August 24, 2014
When we last left him, Hannibal convinced the pig farmer to eat his own face.Hugh Dancy on ‘Hannibal’s’ Brilliantly Batsh*t Finale and the Future of Will Graham
May 24, 2014
Historical Examples of pig
I hung it up this morning, for the pig with the black feet was eating it.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
Mr. COX said he could not smelt a pig, but he thought he smelt a rat.
He would have stuck that officer like a pig if he had seen him then.The Secret Agent
A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.The Devil's Dictionary
Unless a pig is very small it is seldom sent to table whole.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- a mass of metal, such as iron, copper, or lead, cast into a simple shape for ease of storing or transportation
- a mould in which such a mass of metal is formed
verb pigs, pigging or pigged
Word Origin for pig
probably from Old English *picg, found in compounds, ultimate origin unknown. Originally "young pig" (the word for adults was swine). Apparently related to Low German bigge, Dutch big ("but the phonology is difficult" -- OED). The meaning "oblong piece of metal" is first attested 1580s, on the notion of "large mass." Applied to persons, usually in contempt, since 1540s; the derogatory slang meaning "police officer" has been in underworld slang since at least 1811.
The pigs frisked my panney, and nailed my screws; the officers searched my house, and seized my picklock keys. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
Another Old English word for "pig" was fearh, related to furh "furrow," from PIE *perk- "dig, furrow" (cf. Latin porc-us "pig," see pork). "This reflects a widespread IE tendency to name animals from typical attributes or activities" [Lass]. Synonyms grunter, porker are from sailors' and fishermen's euphemistic avoidance of uttering the word pig at sea, a superstition perhaps based on the fate of the Gadarene swine, who drowned. The image of a pig in a poke is attested from 1520s (see poke (n.3)). Flying pigs as a type of something unreal is from 1610s.
1670s, "to huddle together," from pig (n.). Related: Pigged; pigging. To pig out "eat voraciously" attested by 1979.
In addition to the idioms beginning with pig
- pig in a poke
- pig it
- pig out
- in a pig's eye
- like pigs in clover
- make a pig of oneself
- when pigs fly