adjective, pork·i·er, pork·i·est.
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Definition for porky (2 of 2)
noun, plural pork·ies.Chiefly Inland North and Western U.S..
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.
— Aenki (@AenkiEats) May 9, 2015
Tasted my first bits of cured, seasoned, pork fat this evening. Delicious. White slab o' porky essence w/spices.
— Bill Bumgarner (@bbum) December 26, 2008
When they start a sentence with "We have always believed .." – you know a politician is about to tell a porky #qanda
— Linda White ✊️ (@lindawhiteaus) May 15, 2017
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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.
Example sentences from the Web for porky
Porky Pig, “Blue Christmas” Who says there are no new Christmas classics?Christmas Music Sucks (Mostly), but Here’s a Playlist of Holiday Gems|Malcolm Jones|December 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We do care about “all those little, tiny, yes, porky amendments.”
We do care about "all those little, tiny, yes, porky amendments."
I subsequently learned that if the narrow side turned up frequently this indicated they would have another “porky” on the morrow.Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland|William S. Thomas
Now, sluggish and slow though a porky may be, there is one of his members that is as quick as a steel trap, and that is his tail.
As for the Porky, he made for the nearest tree as fast as he could go, hardly trusting in his great deliverance.
Well, as I was saying, it's absurd to worry; he's not a porky father.Where Angels Fear to Tread|E. M. Forster
Porky pulled out his check-book and begun to scribble with one of them squirt-gun pens.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates