- 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.
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Idioms for pig
- to live like a pig, especially in dirt.
- to lead a disorganized, makeshift life; live without plan or pattern.
Origin of pig1
Words nearby pig
Definition for pig (2 of 2)
noun Scot. and North England.
Origin of pig2
BEHIND THE WORD
Where does pig come from?
Let’s start with a little swine quiz: what’s the difference between a pig and a hog? In the barnyard, a pig is a young domestic hog. Generally speaking, a pig weighs less than 120 pounds, the hog is much heavier.
Discover more everyday words with unknown roots in our slideshow, “‘Dog,’ ‘Boy,’ And Other Words That We Don’t Know Where They Came From.”
Why do we raise pigs but eat pork? Same goes for cow vs. beef. It is because of the influence of French (and its higher social status) in Middle English. Via French, pork comes from the Latin porcus, “pig, hog.”
Now that you know how pigs got their name, why not find out how some of our other most beloved pets got theirs in the slideshow: “Where Do The Words For Our Pets Come From?”
Did you know … ?
Wild pigs were first domesticated in Asia about 7,000—9,000 years ago. The Chinese, it’s widely believed, actually ate an ancient form of bacon as early as 1500 b.c. Today, pork is the most consumed meat protein in the world, despite the eating of pork being considered taboo in several major cultures and religions.
For all their intelligence, pig has gotten a bad rap when it comes to its applications in the English language. Thanks to the animal’s mud-wallowing and eating habits, metaphorical uses of the word pig have negative connotations, commonly used to insult a person as dirty, fat, greedy, gluttonous, or objectionable in other ways (e.g., sexist pig). The word pig has also been used to disparage police officers and sex workers.
Example sentences from the Web for pig
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Pig [growling sotto voce behind his hand, mock-furtive as a Disneyland Foxy Loxy]: Take 35 percent off the top and split!
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|Lizzie Crocker|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you had had the skinning of that pig, Master Cap, it would have left you sore hands.The Pathfinder|James Fenimore Cooper
As well might Dick Moy have attempted to punish a pig by throwing it into the mud as to distress Billy by sousing him with water!The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
It was a sheer waste of breath, this artistic lying to such a pig's head!Brothers of Peril|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
At a distance he looked exactly like a pig, and one of the shooters mistook him for one.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier|James Inglis
"A pig," Mr. Pericles here ventured to remind her, murmuring as one in a dream.Sandra Belloni, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for pig
- 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
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