a pen for keeping pigs.
a filthy or untidy place: This kitchen is a pigpen.

Origin of pigpen

First recorded in 1795–1805; pig1 + pen2
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Related Words for pigpen

pen, sty, piggery, mess, hovel, dump, hole, hogpen

Examples from the Web for pigpen

Contemporary Examples of pigpen

Historical Examples of pigpen

  • And there was a battle down in the Devil's Pigpen day before yesterday.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Now, it happened that there was one loose board in a corner of the pigpen.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Reckon he is, sah—you'll find him over yonder cleanin' out the pigpen.


    George Niblo

  • Just because there was a nail loose in the pigpen I got in trouble with all the live stock.

  • Notice as you go that this place doesn't look much like a pigpen now.

    The Banner Boy Scouts

    George A. Warren

British Dictionary definitions for pigpen


noun US and Canadian

a pen for pigs; sty
a dirty or untidy place
Also called: pigsty
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