porcine

adjective
por·​cine | \ ˈpȯr-ˌsīn How to pronounce porcine (audio) \

Definition of porcine

: of, relating to, or suggesting swine : piggish

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Pigs are rarely given credit for their high intelligence or their friendliness as pets, but instead are mocked for their habit of cooling themselves in mud puddles and the aggressive way they often go after food. While porcine isn't as negative a term as swinish, it may describe things that are fat, greedy, pushy, or generally piggish—but primarily fat. Porky Pig and Miss Piggy aren't particularly porcine in their behavior, only in their appearance—that is, pink and pudgy.

Examples of porcine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The eatery, which reopens Friday in Philly's Fishtown neighborhood, doesn’t look special, other than the prominent chalk menu board and a notable focus on porcine decorations, including the signature Romulus and Remus art. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Paesano’s Philly Style reopens in new location: Why it's Philadelphia's best sandwich shop," 31 Jan. 2020 Such exchanges are, however, no different in principle from the risks of large-scale pig farming: Intensive biosecurity is as much to prevent the pigs acquiring viruses from humans as to protect humans from porcine viruses. Robert Dingwall, Wired, "We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus," 29 Jan. 2020 But as Jim Robbins reports for the New York Times, these porcine menaces are spreading. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Feral Pigs Are Invasive, Voracious and Resilient. They’re Also Spreading.," 18 Dec. 2019 In the first film, peaceful flightless birds battled the invasion of an ingratiating porcine population, led by Leonard (Bill Hader), who had the ulterior motive of stealing their eggs for food. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Angry Birds Movie 2’ review: Feathered friends, pigs must band together," 12 Aug. 2019 In the first film, peaceful flightless birds battled the invasion of an ingratiating porcine population, led by Leonard (voiced by Bill Hader), who had the ulterior motive of stealing their eggs for food. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "‘Angry Birds 2’ is chaotic, occasionally thoughtful," 12 Aug. 2019 At Crystal Beach, the 22 pigs are back in the water, porcine-paddling for apple slices. Andrea Sachs, Houston Chronicle, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 15 Nov. 2019 At Crystal Beach, the 22 pigs are back in the water, porcine-paddling for apple slices. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 8 Nov. 2019 Peppa Pig The porcine diva and meme queen takes the stage. 6 p.m. at Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington, Sugar Land; 281-207-6278. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Concerts in Houston: NF, Juan Luis Guerra, Maxo Kream, Peppa Pig," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of porcine

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for porcine

Latin porcinus, from porcus pig — more at farrow

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The first known use of porcine was in the 15th century

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3 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Porcine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porcine. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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porcine

adjective
How to pronounce porcine (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of porcine

formal : of, relating to, or like a pig

porcine

adjective
por·​cine | \ ˈpȯr-ˌsīn How to pronounce porcine (audio) \

Medical Definition of porcine

: of or derived from swine porcine heterografts

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