pig·​skin | \ ˈpig-ˌskin How to pronounce pigskin (audio) \

Definition of pigskin

1 : the skin of a swine or leather made of it
2a : a jockey's saddle

Examples of pigskin in a Sentence

The collar is made of pigskin.
Recent Examples on the Web Playing American football without a quarterback is almost as pointless as playing without a pigskin. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Biden's hopes of reviving Iran nuclear deal may already be coming undone," 1 Dec. 2020 Ask him to drop one in a bucket from 40 yards out, and that pigskin plunked in. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football: Backup no more. This is Jack Tuttle's team now," 5 Dec. 2020 The Ravens and Bills are part of Johnson’s pigskin path that includes 13 NFL teams, along with detours with the Sacramento Mountain Lions (United Football League), San Diego Fleet (Alliance of American Football) and Los Angeles Wildcats (XFL). Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "What a journey, man: 49ers’ Josh Johnson continuing his unique football life," 23 Nov. 2020 The next time the team faced fourth down, Miller’s snap bounced through the legs of his punter, who chased the pigskin for a loss of 27 yards. Laine Higgins And Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Football’s Most Essential Workers During a Pandemic: Long Snappers," 14 Oct. 2020 There were a couple of bad snaps from center when Mata was in the shotgun formation and the youngster did the wise thing and fell on the loose pigskin. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "San Jacinto Intermediate's 8B football team blanks Victory Lakes," 7 Oct. 2020 Purdy underwhelming Heading into the season, Iowa State’s QB was supposed to be one of the best pigskin chuckers in the conference. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "5 things Texas Tech fans need to know about No. 24 Iowa State, including a daunting offense," 7 Oct. 2020 Tossing the pigskin resulted in 26,478 concussions—a form of brain damage from rapid motion inside the skull—over a year. Popular Science, "We combined the most dangerous parts of every sport—this is the result," 14 Sep. 2020 There will be little or no college pigskin to watch in 2020. Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s college football fans see loss of season as symptom of poor pandemic response," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of pigskin

circa 1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pigskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigskin. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pigskin

: leather made from the skin of a pig
US, informal : the ball used in American football

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