piggery

noun
pig·​gery | \ ˈpi-gə-rē How to pronounce piggery (audio) \
plural piggeries

Definition of piggery

1 : a place where swine are kept
2 : swinish behavior

Examples of piggery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yes, the town’s oldest tree was cut down, in 1960, a victim of Dutch Elm disease, and odor complaints finally led to the revocation of the license for the town’s last remaining piggery. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 1 May 2022 Outbreaks in at least 115 piggeries are predicted to reduce China’s swine inventory by 13 percent in 2019. Jason Gale | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2019 Some who graduated paid for those degrees on the earnings from backyard piggeries, or made their pocket money selling Popsicles on the street. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2019 Millions of small piggeries were closed as part of a nationwide program aimed at shifting pork production to larger, more efficient farms. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2019 There are racists, sexists, piggery of various kinds who will say really terrible things. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'piggery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of piggery

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About piggery

Time Traveler for piggery

Time Traveler

The first known use of piggery was in 1780

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near piggery

pig-footed bandicoot

piggery

piggin

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for piggery

Cite this Entry

“Piggery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piggery. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!