[ pig ]
/ pɪg /
a young swine of either sex, especially a domestic hog, Sus scrofa, weighing less than 120 pounds (220 kg)
any wild or domestic swine.
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. an immoral woman; prostitute.
Slang: Disparaging. a police officer.
Slang. an extremely rude, ill-mannered person, especially one who is sexist or racist.
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.
- pig iron.
verb (used with object), pigged, pig·ging.
to mold (metal) into pigs.
Informal. to eat (something) quickly; gulp: He pigged three doughnuts and ran off to school.
verb (used without object), pigged, pig·ging.
to bring forth pigs; farrow.
pig out, Slang. to overindulge in eating: We pigged out on pizza last night.
Words nearby pig
Idioms for pig
- to live like a pig, especially in dirt.
- to lead a disorganized, makeshift life; live without plan or pattern.
on the pig's back, Australian Slang. in a fortunate position.
Origin of pig1
1175–1225; Middle English pigge young pig, with doubled consonant appropriate to terms for smaller animals (cf. dog, frog1) but with no obvious relations; almost certainly not akin to Low German, Dutch big(ge), Middle Dutch vigghe young pig, which involve further obscurities; if Danish pige, Swedish piga maid, young girl are compared, perhaps < ON word meaning “young, small,” applied in Scand to girls but in OE to swine
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British Dictionary definitions for pig it
/ (pɪɡ) /
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; establishedhe's on the pig's back now
verb pigs, pigging or pigged
(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
Word Origin for pig
C13 pigge, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with pig it (1 of 2)
Live in a slovenly way, as in Ten roommates shared that small house, and as you might guess they were pigging it. [Slang; late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with pig it (2 of 2)
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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