pig·​gish ˈpi-gish How to pronounce piggish (audio)
: of, relating to, or suggestive of a pig
a piggish snort
: having qualities associated with a pig
piggishly adverb
piggishness noun

Examples of piggish in a Sentence

a piggish demand for more money He has a piggish attitude toward women.
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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of piggish was in 1742

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“Piggish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piggish. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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pig·​gish ˈpig-ish How to pronounce piggish (audio)
: resembling or suggesting a pig (as in greed or dirtiness)
piggishly adverb

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