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 pigpens

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

Examples from the Web for pigpens

Historical Examples of pigpens

  • Water from shallow wells within a hundred feet of barnyards, pigpens, or other outhouses is usually unsafe to drink.

    Health Lessons

    Alvin Davison

  • Chicken houses, pigpens, vegetable gardens, and orchards were visited by members returning from the midnight conclaves.

    The Sequel of Appomattox

    Walter Lynwood Fleming

  • And at night she roosted on any handy place in the barn or the haymow, under the carriage-shed or even over the pigpens.

    The Tale of Henrietta Hen

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Depredations by wolves here upon henroosts and pigpens are of frequent occurrence.

  • In the same way they visit the pigpens and take the young pigs away from the mother.

British Dictionary definitions for pigpens


noun US and Canadian

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