noun, often attributive \ˈpig\

Definition of PIG

a :  a young domesticated swine not yet sexually mature; broadly :  a wild or domestic swine
b :  an animal related to or resembling the pig
a :  pork
b :  the dressed carcass of a young swine weighing less than 130 pounds (60 kilograms)
c :  pigskin
:  a dirty, gluttonous, or repulsive person
:  a crude casting of metal (as iron)
slang :  an immoral woman
slang usually disparaging :  police officer
pig·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of PIG

  1. Don't be a pig. Say excuse me after you burp.
  2. <all-you-can-eat buffets seem to encourage some people to become shameless pigs>

Origin of PIG

Middle English pigge
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with PIG



Definition of PIG

intransitive verb
:  farrow
:  to live like a pig <pig it>
transitive verb
:  farrow

First Known Use of PIG

15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any wild or domestic even-toed ungulate (family Suidae) that is a stout-bodied, short-legged omnivore, with thick, sparsely bristled skin, a long mobile snout, small tail, and hooves with two functional and two nonfunctional digits. Pigs are native to European, Asian, and North African forests. Wild pigs use their tusklike teeth to forage and for defense; the teeth of domestic pigs, which were developed from wild pigs in Europe c. 1500 BC, are less developed. Pigs are regarded as highly intelligent. Domestic pigs are classified as lard (thick fat, carcass weighing at least 220 lbs, or 100 kg), bacon (carcass about 150 lbs, or 70 kg), and pork (carcass about 100 lbs, or 45 kg) pigs, depending on the principal product derived from them; they are also a source of leather. Today they are usually bred in almost complete confinement. See also boar, hog.


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