from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several mammals of the family Suidae, having short legs, cloven hooves, bristly hair, and a cartilaginous snout used for digging, especially the domesticated hog, Sus scrofa domesticus, when young or of comparatively small size.
  • n. The edible parts of one of these mammals.
  • n. Informal A person regarded as being piglike, greedy, or gross.
  • n. A crude block of metal, chiefly iron or lead, poured from a smelting furnace.
  • n. A mold in which such metal is cast.
  • n. Pig iron.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a police officer.
  • n. Slang A member of the social or political establishment, especially one holding sexist or racist views.
  • intransitive v. To give birth to pigs; farrow.
  • pig out Slang To eat ravenously; gorge oneself: "a parent who asks a child, 'Would you like to pig out on pizza?'” ( George F. Will).
  • idiom in a pig's eye Slang Under no condition; never.
  • idiom pig in a poke Something that is offered in a manner that conceals its true nature or value.
  • idiom pig it Slang To live in a piglike fashion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several mammals of the genus Sus, having cloven hooves, bristles and a nose adapted for digging; especially the domesticated farm animal Sus scrofa.
  • n. A young swine, a piglet.
  • n. The edible meat of such an animal; pork.
  • n. Someone who overeats or eats rapidly and noisily.
  • n. A nasty or disgusting person.
  • n. A dirty or slovenly person.
  • n. A difficult problem.
  • n. A block of cast metal.
  • n. The mold in which a block of metal is cast.
  • n. A device for cleaning or inspecting the inside of an oil or gas pipeline, or for separating different substances within the pipeline. Named for the pig-like squealing noise made by their progress.
  • n. a person who is obese to the extent of resembling a pig (the animal)
  • v. to give birth.
  • v. To greedily consume (especially food).
  • v. To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.
  • n. earthenware, or an earthenware shard
  • n. An earthenware hot-water jar to warm a bed; a stone bed warmer
  • n. a pigeon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piggin.
  • n. The young of swine, male or female; also, any swine; a hog.
  • n. Any wild species of the genus Sus and related genera.
  • n. An oblong mass of cast iron, lead, or other metal. See Mine pig, under Mine.
  • n. One who is hoggish; a greedy person.
  • v. To bring forth (pigs); to bring forth in the manner of pigs; to farrow.
  • v. To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring forth pigs; bring forth in the manner of pigs; litter.
  • To act as pigs; live like a pig; live or huddle as pigs: sometimes with an indefinite it.
  • n. A hog; a swine; especially, a porker, or young swine of either sex, the old male being called boar, the old female sow.
  • n. The flesh of swine; pork.
  • n. An oblong mass of metal that has been run while still molten into a mold excavated in sand; specifically, iron from the blast-furnace run into molds excavated in sand.
  • n. A customary unit of weight for lead, 301 pounds.
  • n. A very short space of time.
  • n. An earthen vessel; any article of earthenware.
  • n. A can for a chimney-top.
  • n. A potsherd.
  • n. Pig-iron collectively or any specified amount of iron pigs.
  • n. In forestry, see rigging-sled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. domestic swine
  • v. live like a pig, in squalor
  • v. give birth
  • n. a person regarded as greedy and pig-like
  • v. eat greedily
  • n. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  • n. a crude block of metal (lead or iron) poured from a smelting furnace
  • n. a coarse obnoxious person
  • n. mold consisting of a bed of sand in which pig iron is cast


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English pigge, young pig, probably from Old English *picga.

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From Middle English pigge ("pig, pigling") (originally a term for a young pig, with adult pigs being swine), apparently from Old English *picga (attested only in compounds, such as picgbrēad ("mast, pig-fodder")). Connection to early Dutch bigge (modern Dutch big ("piglet")), West Frisian bigge ("pigling"), and similar terms in Middle Low German is sometimes proposed, "but the phonology is difficult" and other sources say the words are "almost certainly not" related.

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Origin unknown.

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Shortening of pigeon



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