[pawr-sahyn, -sin]


of or relating to swine.
resembling swine; hoggish; piggish.


Origin of porcine

1650–60; < Latin porcīnus; see pork, -ine1
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Examples from the Web for porcine

Contemporary Examples of porcine

  • I actually do think Chris Christine is too porcine to be elected president.

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    The Christie Girth

    Michael Tomasky

    December 14, 2012

Historical Examples of porcine

  • Demming closed his eyes in his porcine manner and grunted, "Tell him."

    Medal of Honor

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Arrived at the place, he observed that numbers of his porcine family were there before him.

    The Hot Swamp

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Every house here had a colony of the porcine family in its yard.

  • Unworthiness doesn't, I hope, consign us to the porcine category.


    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • On his return Greybrush found the passage littered with moss and leaves, while porcine snoring resounded throughout the earth.

    Lives of the Fur Folk

    M. D. Haviland

British Dictionary definitions for porcine



of, connected with, or characteristic of pigs

Word Origin for porcine

C17: from Latin porcīnus, from porcus pig
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Word Origin and History for porcine

early 15c., "pertaining to swine; swinish," from Old French porcin or directly from Latin porcinus "of a hog," from porcus "hog, pig" (see pork (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for porcine



Relating to or resembling pigs.
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