Nearby words

  1. piggishly,
  2. piggly-wiggly,
  3. piggott,
  4. piggy,
  5. piggy bank,
  6. piggyback car,
  7. piggyback plant,
  8. pigheaded,
  9. pigheadedly,
  10. piglet

Also pickaback (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of piggyback

First recorded in 1580–90; alteration of pickaback

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Word Origin and History for piggyback

piggyback

adj.

1823, probably a folk etymology alteration of pick pack (1560s), which perhaps is from pick, a dialectal variant of pitch (v.1). As a verb from 1952.

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