Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or resembling swine or a pig.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In zoology, resembling or related to swine; suilline: as, porcine characters or affinities.
  • Swinish; hoggish; piggish: applied to persons in derision or contempt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to swine; characteristic of the hog.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or pertaining to, the pig.
  • adjective Overweight to the extent of resembling a pig; morbidly obese.

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

  • adjective resembling swine; coarsely gluttonous or greedy
  • adjective relating to or suggesting swine
  • adjective repellently fat

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French porcin, from Latin porcīnus, from porcus, pig; see porko- in Indo-European roots.]

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From the Latin adjective porcinus, from the noun porcus ("pig").

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  • A pretty cruel adjective, when applied to people.

    April 13, 2007