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

  • adj. Of or like pork: a porky flavor.
  • adj. Slang Fat or corpulent.
  • n. Informal A porcupine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of pork.
  • adj. Rather fat.
  • n. A lie.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Porklike: as, a porky odor permeated the whole place.
  • Fat; plump.


Shortening and alteration of porcupine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pork +‎ -y (Wiktionary)
Shortened from pork pie (Wiktionary)


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