- 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.
Idioms about pig
- to live like a pig, especially in dirt.
- to lead a disorganized, makeshift life; live without plan or pattern.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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|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|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
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
- 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
Word Origin for pig
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