from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Obsolete A darling.
- n. Obsolete An eye.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word of endearment for a girl or woman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pig's eye: used, like eye and apple of the eye, to denote something especially cherished; hence, as a term of endearment used of or to a woman, a darling.
- n. An eye: applied to a woman's eye.
- n. The carnation pink.
Middle English piggesnye : pigges, genitive of pigge, pig; see pig + nye (from an eye, an eye; see eye).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)