[ pawr-kee, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr ki, ˈpoʊr- /
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adjective, pork·i·er, pork·i·est.
of, relating to, or resembling pork.
fat: a porky child.
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Origin of porky

First recorded in 1850–55; pork + -y1


pork·i·ness, noun

Other definitions for porky (2 of 2)

[ pawr-kee, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr ki, ˈpoʊr- /

noun, plural pork·ies.Chiefly Inland North and Western U.S..

Origin of porky

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; porc(upine) + -y2
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What does porky mean?

Porky is used to describe food as having the flavor of pork (the meat from a pig), as in The bacon gives the dish a nice porky flavor. 

This sense of the word can be applied to dishes that have a prominent pork flavor or to pork itself when its flavor is strong, as in I think a lot of sausage is bland, but this is so flavorful—really nice and porky. 

The word porky can also be used as a way to call someone chubby. This may be intended to be funny, but it’s always insulting to compare someone to a pig.

In the U.S., porky is used in some places as a slang term for porcupine.

In the U.K., porky is used as a slang term meaning a lie, as in I think he’s telling a porky. 

Example: I like my ramen to be extra porky, so I doubled the amount of pork belly in it.

Where does porky come from?

The first records of the word porky come from the 1800s. The suffix -y is used to form adjectives. In the case of porky, it’s used to indicate a strong pork flavor. The suffix is used in the same way in the word beefy.

The origin of the British slang term porky in reference to a lie is much less straightforward. It’s an example of rhyming slang, in which a word is substituted with a common phrase that it rhymes with. In many cases, that phrase that the word has been replaced with is then shortened. In this case, the word lie is replaced with pork pie, which is then often shortened to porky (or porkie).

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What are some other forms related to porky?

  • porkier (comparative adjective)
  • porkiest (superlative adjective)

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How is porky used in real life?

Porky is used to describe the flavor of dishes that includes pork, such as by a chef on a cooking show.



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Is porky used correctly in the following sentence? 

This is surprisingly not that porky considering how much pork is in it.

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British Dictionary definitions for porky (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpɔːkɪ) /

adjective porkier or porkiest
belonging to or characteristic of porka porky smell
informal fat; obese

Derived forms of porky

porkiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for porky (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpɔːkɪ) /

noun plural porkies
British slang a lieAlso called: pork pie

Word Origin for porky

from rhyming slang pork pie lie
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