pigsney

[pigz-nee]

Origin of pigsney

1350–1400; Middle English piggesnye, earlier piggesneyge, equivalent to pigges pig's (see pig1, 's1) + n- (probably extracted from an, indefinite article) + -ye, eyge eye
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Word Origin and History for pigsney
n.

(obsolete), late 14c., endearing form of address to a girl or woman, apparently from Middle English pigges eye, literally "pig's eye," with excrescent -n- from min eye, an eye, etc. See OED for explanation of why this might have been felt as a compliment. In a pig's eye! as an adverse retort is recorded from 1872.

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