[ pig-ish ]
/ ˈpɪg ɪʃ /


resembling a pig, especially in being slovenly, greedy, or gluttonous: piggish table manners.
(of food portions) indecently large.

Origin of piggish

First recorded in 1810–20; pig1 + -ish1
Related formspig·gish·ly, adverbpig·gish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for piggish


/ (ˈpɪɡɪʃ) /


like a pig, esp in appetite or manners
informal, mainly British obstinate or mean
Derived Formspiggishly, adverbpiggishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for piggish



1792, from pig (n.) + -ish. Until 20c. usually "stubborn, selfish; unclean, coarse;" association with greedy eating is more recent. Related: Piggishly; piggishness.

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