pig

noun, often attributive
\ ˈpig How to pronounce pig (audio) \

Definition of pig

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a young domesticated swine usually weighing less than 120 pounds (50 kilograms) — compare hog sense 1a
b : a wild or domesticated swine regardless of age or weight
2a : pork
3 : a dirty, gluttonous, or repulsive person
4 : a crude casting of metal (such as iron)
5 slang : an immoral woman
6 slang, disparaging : police officer

pig

verb
pigged; pigging

Definition of pig (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : farrow
2 : to live like a pig pig it

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Other Words from pig

Noun

piglike \ ˈpig-​ˌlīk How to pronounce piglike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pig in a Sentence

Noun Don't be a pig. Say “excuse me” after you burp. all-you-can-eat buffets seem to encourage some people to become shameless pigs
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The races happen daily and feature pigs and wiener dogs dressed like hot dogs. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Clermont County Roundup: County Fair fun, a land battle, road and light improvements in Loveland," 20 July 2017 The league has rescued monkeys, pigs, ponies, even a drug dealer's cougar, and thousands of dogs and cats every year. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbit-hating gardener doing what must be done, even if it hurts," 19 July 2017 Even the cabbage showcases bits of pickled pig’s skin. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Los Angeles Magazine Hot Restaurant List for July 2017," 18 July 2017 Almost 60 million pigs are slaughtered annually in Germany, mainly in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, according to the government statistical office. Agnieszka De Sousa, Bloomberg.com, "Germans Are Losing Their Taste for Pork," 11 July 2017 Miley's a long-time animal lover, with many dogs, cats, and even pigs of her own. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Got a New Tattoo With a Special Meaning," 9 July 2017 Most attempts at cloning other animal species—to date cloning has succeeded with sheep, mice, cattle, goats, cats, and pigs—have not fared much better. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: Missiles and Methane," 5 July 2017 The owner of the briefly emancipated pigs showed up shortly after and escorted the mother home. CBS News, "Police capture escaped pigs using Doritos, Cheetos," 1 July 2017 Babybacks wouldn’t survive this process, but the ribs Armbrect orders—which appear to come from elephant-sized pigs Andy Staples, SI.com, "Where to eat, drink in Mobile, Alabama," 30 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Economic planning authorities promised land permits, loans and subsidies to pig farmers to stoke production. Washington Post, "China chops tariffs on pork as soaring prices make it tougher to bring home the bacon," 23 Dec. 2019 Andrae said the devastation to pig herds across Asia had created export opportunities for Australian pig farmers in markets including the Philippines and Singapore. Rod Mcguirk, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Australia deports woman to Vietnam over smuggled pork," 15 Oct. 2019 Andrae said the devastation to pig herds across Australia had created export opportunities for Australian pig farmers in markets including the Philippines and Singapore. Washington Post, "Australia deports woman to Vietnam over smuggled pork," 15 Oct. 2019 Still, dog owners who opt to resume treating their pets to pig ears should take the following precautions, according to the CDC: Wash your hands. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats appears over after sickening 154 people," 30 Oct. 2019 USA TODAY Consumers are being advised to not feed their dogs pig ear pet treats amid a growing salmonella outbreak. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Don't give your dog pig ear pet treats, FDA says, warning of salmonella outbreak," 31 July 2019 Evidence shows the infections are linked to pig ear dog treats. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Dog treats were linked to salmonella in three Hoosiers. Here's how it happened.," 28 Nov. 2018 Researchers have found a way to restore some activity to pig brains hours after death, in a series of experiments that medical and legal experts said could reshape science’s understanding of the brain’s limits. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Scientists Restore Some Brain Function After Death in Animal Experiments," 17 Apr. 2019 So the question may be, if the West serves up slop in 2020, will the Pads be pig enough to roll around in it? Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Three NL West rivals still on track to soften in Padres' target year of 2020," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of pig

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pig

Noun

Middle English pigge

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The first known use of pig was in the 13th century

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“Pig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pig. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for pig

pig

noun
How to pronounce pig (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pig

: an animal that has a fat body with short legs, a small tail, and a wide nose and that is raised on a farm or lives in the wild
: someone who eats a lot of food especially at one time
: someone who selfishly wants or takes more than other people

pig

noun
\ ˈpig How to pronounce pig (audio) \

Kids Definition of pig

1 : a hoofed stout-bodied animal with a short tail and legs, thick bristly skin, and a long flattened snout
2 : a domestic pig developed from the wild boar and raised for meat
3 : a person who has a disagreeable or offensive habit or behavior (as being dirty, rude, or greedy)
4 : a metal cast (as of iron) poured directly from the smelting furnace into a mold

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