or pig·gie

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adjective, pig·gi·er, pig·gi·est.
  1. Informal. piggish.
  2. (of a sow) in an advanced state of pregnancy.

Origin of piggy

1790–1800; (def 1) pig1 + -y2; (defs 2, 3) pig1 + -y1
Related formspig·gi·ness, noun
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noun plural -gies
  1. a child's word for a pig, esp a piglet
  2. piggy in the middle
    1. a children's game in which one player attempts to retrieve a ball thrown over him or her by at least two other players
    2. a situation in which a person or group is caught up in a disagreement between other people or groups
  3. a child's word for toe or, sometimes, finger
adjective -gier or -giest
  1. another word for piggish
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Word Origin and History for piggy

"resembling a pig," 1841, from pig (n.) + -y (2).


"a little pig," 1799, from pig (n.) + -y (3). Related: Piggies. Piggy bank attested from 1941 (pig bank from 1937).

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