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[pawr-kee, pohr-]
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adjective, pork·i·er, pork·i·est.
  1. of, relating to, or resembling pork.
  2. fat: a porky child.
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Origin of porky1

First recorded in 1850–55; pork + -y1
Related formspork·i·ness, noun


[pawr-kee, pohr-]
noun, plural pork·ies. Chiefly Inland North and Western U.S..
  1. a porcupine.
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Origin of porky2

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; porc(upine) + -y2
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adjective porkier or porkiest
  1. belonging to or characteristic of porka porky smell
  2. informal fat; obese
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Derived Formsporkiness, noun


noun plural porkies
  1. British slang a lieAlso called: pork pie
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Word Origin

from rhyming slang pork pie lie
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Word Origin and History for porky


1852, from pork (n.) + -y (2). Related: Porkiness.

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