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)



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