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  1. the skin of a pig.
  2. leather made from it.
  3. Informal. a saddle.
  4. Informal. a football.
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Origin of pigskin

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

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

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Historical Examples of pigskin

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

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

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

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland

British Dictionary definitions for pigskin


  1. the skin of the domestic pig
  2. leather made of this skin
  3. US and Canadian informal a football
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  1. made of pigskin
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pigskin


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

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