por·​gy | \ ˈpȯr-gē How to pronounce porgy (audio) \
plural porgies also porgy

Definition of porgy

1 : a blue-spotted silvery-red food fish (Pagrus pagrus of the family Sparidae) of the eastern and western Atlantic also : any of various fishes (such as a scup) of the same family
2 [alteration of pogy] : any of various bony fishes (such as a menhaden) of families other than that of the porgy

Examples of porgy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fishing was better there, anyway: Trump and his buddies fished all day long, hauling in fluke, weakfish, and porgies, while beachgoers admired the boat from afar. Thomas J. Campanella, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2019 The current law has been credited with rebuilding 43 stocks since 2000 including Atlantic sea scallops, pacific canary rockfish and Atlantic scup, also known as porgy. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2018 These deep-bodied, buck-toothed members of the porgy family begin their annual spawning season this month. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 3 Feb. 2018 Nearby, the new Barba Bianca is chef Frank DeCarlo's (NYC’s Peasant) ode to the fisherman: a 60-seat nautical spot with dockside dining, serving spaghetti with blue crabs and whole-roasted porgy. Kate Donnelly, CNT, 1 Sep. 2017 Black sea bass and scup (porgy) are still the two most popular fish to target this week in the Western Sound. Hartford Courant, courant.com, 20 July 2017 Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: Todd's Point, Sherwood Island State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Hartford Courant, courant.com, 8 June 2017 The chefs are supplied with sustainable, mostly local, fish like porgy, fluke and grouper. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 30 May 2017 Donna Morgan is dreaming about shrimp and okra, deviled eggs with onions, and porgy. Mara Gay, WSJ, 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of porgy

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for porgy

alteration of pargo, from Spanish & Portuguese, from Latin phager, from Greek phagros

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“Porgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porgy. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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