noun, plural (especially collectively) por·poise, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) por·pois·es.
verb (used without object), por·poised, por·pois·ing.
Origin of porpoise
Related Words for porpoisemammal, whale, grampus, dolphin, beluga, orca, whopper, cetacean, baleen, finback, rorqual, narwhal, cete, ceta, orc, sei
Examples from the Web for porpoise
Historical Examples of porpoise
Perhaps, suggested Bell, we might make a ship out of some of the planks of the Porpoise.
But I wonder what the Porpoise was, and what brought her in these seas?
The next business was to move in all the furniture of the Porpoise.
He might as well have tried to get early speed out of a porpoise.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Then we've not much to fear from him; but here he is, puffing like a porpoise.The Universal Reciter
noun plural -poises or -poise
Word Origin for porpoise
The Old French word probably is a loan-translation of a Germanic word meaning literally "sea-hog, mere-swine;" cf. Old Norse mar-svin, Old High German meri-swin, Middle Dutch mereswijn "porpoise" (the last of which also was borrowed directly into French and became Modern French marsouin).
Classical Latin had a similar name, porculus marinus (in Pliny), and the notion behind the name likely is a fancied resemblance of the snout to that of a pig.