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

Examples of pig in a Sentence

Noun 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, 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, 19 July 2017 Even the cabbage showcases bits of pickled pig’s skin. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, 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, 11 July 2017 Miley's a long-time animal lover, with many dogs, cats, and even pigs of her own. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, 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, 5 July 2017 The owner of the briefly emancipated pigs showed up shortly after and escorted the mother home. CBS News, 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, 30 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Animal: Han Solo, 4-month-old, 23-pound, male Vietnamese potbelly pig #674433. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Aug. 2020 Economic planning authorities promised land permits, loans and subsidies to pig farmers to stoke production. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2019 Andrae said the devastation to pig herds across Asia had created export opportunities for Australian pig farmers in markets including the Philippines and Singapore. Rod Mcguirk, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2019 Andrae said the devastation to pig herds across Australia had created export opportunities for Australian pig farmers in markets including the Philippines and Singapore. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2019 Still, dog owners who opt to resume treating their pets to pig ears should take the following precautions, according to the CDC: Wash your hands. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 30 Oct. 2019 USA TODAY Consumers are being advised to not feed their dogs pig ear pet treats amid a growing salmonella outbreak. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 31 July 2019 Evidence shows the infections are linked to pig ear dog treats. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, 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, 17 Apr. 2019

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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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