a young swine of either sex, especially a domestic hog, Sus scrofa, typically weighing less than 300 pounds (136 kilograms).
any wild or domestic swine in the genus Sus, within the family Suidae (Old World pigs ).
the flesh of swine; pork.
Informal. a person of piggish character, behavior, or habits, as one who is gluttonous, very fat, greedy, selfish, or filthy.
Slang: Disparaging. a police officer.
Slang. an extremely rude, ill-mannered person, especially one who is sexist or racist.
Slang. an immoral woman, especially a prostitute.
Machinery. any tool or device, as a long-handled brush or scraper, used to clear the interior of a pipe or duct.
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.
Metallurgy. to mold (metal) into oblong masses.
Informal. to eat (something) quickly; gulp: He pigged three doughnuts and ran off to school.
to bring forth pigs; farrow.
pig out, Slang. to overindulge in eating: We pigged out on pizza last night.
Idioms about pig
on the pig's back, Australian Slang. in a fortunate position.
to live like a pig, especially in dirt.
to lead a disorganized, makeshift life; live without plan or pattern.
Other definitions for pig (2 of 2)
an earthenware crock, pot, pitcher, or jar.
potter's clay; earthenware as a material.
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How to use pig in a sentence
The meat companies’ employees, many of them immigrants and refugees, slice pig bellies or cut up chicken carcasses in close quarters.After Hundreds of Meatpacking Workers Died From COVID-19, Congress Wants Answers | by Bernice Yeung and Michael Grabell | February 4, 2021 | ProPublica
Growing up on a farm in an Amish part of rural Pennsylvania, he woke up before dawn to care for pigs and cows.
It’s a painting of a warty pig, an animal still found on Sulawesi, that was rendered on the cave’s back wall at least 45,500 years ago, researchers report January 13 in Science Advances.One of the oldest known cave paintings has been found in Indonesia | Bruce Bower | January 13, 2021 | Science News
I talked to a woman who nursed an injured baby pig back to health.
I’m also guessing most people haven’t found themselves sitting in the back seat of a car, in charge of making sure a massive raw pig didn’t roll onto the floor.At the end of an isolating year, even the embarrassing, frustrating, weird parts of family gatherings feel missed | Theresa Vargas | December 26, 2020 | Washington Post
He has said he believes Al Sharpton is a “race pimp” and a pig.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll | Asawin Suebsaeng | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Elle magazine shot an editorial in September, one picture revealing a teacup pig sitting pretty by a mini Tyler Alexandra bag.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink | Elizabeth Landers | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately, neither of our teams had pinpointed the pig's burial site.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins' | Marilyn Johnson | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bats that had once lived deep in the forest were now eking out a living on mango trees and near pig farms.
In 2014, it appears, the key to winning in a swing state is to avoid talking about issues and emphasize pig castration.
Squinty could look out, but the slats were as close together as those in a chicken coop, and the little pig could not get out.
"I don't know whether I am going to like this or not--this coming to live in town," thought the little pig.
The pig family did not know when Squinty would be taken away from them, and all they could do was to wait.
Several times after this the boy and his sisters came to look down into the pig pen.
But just wishing never made anyone larger or taller, not even a pig, and Squinty stayed the same size.
British Dictionary definitions for pig
any artiodactyl mammal of the African and Eurasian family Suidae, esp Sus scrofa (domestic pig), typically having a long head with a movable snout, a thick bristle-covered skin, and, in wild species, long curved tusks
a domesticated pig weighing more than 120 pounds (54 kg): Related adjective: porcine
informal a dirty, greedy, or bad-mannered person
the meat of swine; pork
derogatory a slang word for policeman
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
British informal something that is difficult or unpleasant
an automated device propelled through a duct or pipeline to clear impediments or check for faults, leaks, etc
a pig in a poke something bought or received without prior sight or knowledge
make a pig of oneself informal to overindulge oneself
on the pig's back Irish and NZ successful; established: he's on the pig's back now
(intr) (of a sow) to give birth
Also: pig it (intr) informal to live in squalor
(tr) informal to devour (food) greedily
- See also pig out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with pig
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
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