pig·​gish | \ ˈpi-gish How to pronounce piggish (audio) \

Definition of piggish

1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of a pig a piggish snort
2 : having qualities associated with a pig

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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 In short, the tax break is symbolic of winner-takes-all capitalism at its most piggish, and helps explain the rising number of Americans who hold a positive view of socialism. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "The “three-martini lunch” tax break sums up why so many people hate capitalism," 21 Dec. 2020 Her Hollywood début, in 1980, had her sharing the screen with two notorious women, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and involved a revenge fantasy against a piggish male boss. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, "The United States of Dolly Parton," 12 Oct. 2020 In Moore’s telling, that gaze is inseparable from the piggish entitlement of catcallers and casting-couch creeps. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of piggish

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Piggish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piggish. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of piggish

chiefly US, informal + disapproving : greedy, offensive, or unpleasant

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