pig·​gish | \ˈpi-gish \

Definition of piggish 

1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of a pig a piggish snort

2 : having qualities associated with a pig

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from piggish

piggishly adverb
piggishness noun

Examples of piggish in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Arguably, these acts of piggish idiocy marginally hurt Republican candidates all over the country by dramatizing their party’s extremist stance on reproductive rights. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "GOP Primary Competition to See Who Most Fanatically Supports Trump Could Backfire in November," 9 Apr. 2018 The most famous figure to fall has been Mr. Batali, the celebrity chef who was the subject of several published reports in December alleging behavior that ran the gamut from piggish to coercive. Kim Severson, New York Times, "After the Apologies, Restaurants Struggle to Change," 18 Jan. 2018

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

First Known Use of piggish

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about piggish

Statistics for piggish

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for piggish

The first known use of piggish was in 1742

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for piggish



English Language Learners Definition of piggish

: greedy, offensive, or unpleasant

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on piggish

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with piggish

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for piggish

Spanish Central: Translation of piggish

Nglish: Translation of piggish for Spanish Speakers

Comments on piggish

What made you want to look up piggish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a knickknack or trinket

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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