the skin of a pig.
leather made from it.
Informal. a saddle.
Informal. a football.

Origin of pigskin

First recorded in 1850–55; pig1 + skin
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Related Words for pigskin

peanut, sphere, oval, moleskin, porker, watermelon, pineapple

Examples from the Web for pigskin

Contemporary Examples of pigskin

  • The idea was to get the “pigskin” into the opposing village by any means possible.

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  • In the sports world, she is a “ pigskin princess,” who loves Eli Manning and enjoys the chicken fingers at Giants Stadium.

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Historical Examples of pigskin

  • Time after time he took the pigskin and landed it for a gain.

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    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Roberts was out of position and the pigskin was intercepted by the Claflin quarter.

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  • With the pigskin on Claflin's thirteen-yard line a score seemed certain.

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  • Not even a pigskin document case or an overcoat with bulgy pockets.

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    Sewell Ford

  • The old record-book, bound in pigskin, reposed on the rector's shelves.

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British Dictionary definitions for pigskin



the skin of the domestic pig
leather made of this skin
US and Canadian informal a football


made of pigskin
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Word Origin and History for pigskin

"saddle leather," 1855, from pig (n.) + skin (n.). As slang for "football" from 1894.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper