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 domesicated swine regardless of age or weight
2a : pork
b : pigskin
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


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


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

Examples of pig in a Sentence


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

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 If guests prefer to lessen the temptation to pig out by eating before going to a party, that’s fine too. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Flirting with ex-boyfriend lands girl in hot water," 28 Jan. 2017 But, instead of coming home and pigging out on half a bag of chips and a big glass of soda, reach again for fruit and nuts. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Whitney's Back-to-School Eating Advice!," 17 Sep. 2009 And brand-new farms such as this one, a $20 million facility one hour south of Des Moines, are opening to meet demand for everything from pork belly to pig ears. Caitlin Dewey, The Denver Post, "Why Americans are eating more pork now than they have in decades," 26 May 2017 Freedom fighter, and all round testifier Zac De La Rocha wore his locks well – but any reversible attempt at pigging backing on his style is, and will forever be, lame. Richard Delaney, Billboard, "Dreadful Music Festival Fashions That Could Be Lurking in Your Closet," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of pig


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


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

History and Etymology for pig


Middle English pigge

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

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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


\ 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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