side meat

noun Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.

salt pork and bacon taken from the sides of a hog.

Origin of side meat

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for side meat

  • If I have got to choose between side-meat and clay for a regular diet,” said Sandy, “give me side-meat every time.

    The Boy Settlers|Noah Brooks
  • So they managed to make coffee, fry slices of side-meat, and bake a hoe-cake of Indian-corn meal.

    The Boy Settlers|Noah Brooks
  • Two mules were loaded with side-meat or bacon; this we threw away.

British Dictionary definitions for side meat

side meat


US informal salt pork or bacon

Word Origin for side meat

C19: so called because it comes from the side of the pig
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