\ ˈpȯr-kē How to pronounce porky (audio) \
porkier; porkiest

Definition of porky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: resembling a pig : fat


por·​ky | \ ˈpȯr-kē How to pronounce porky (audio) \
plural porkies

Definition of porky (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of porky in a Sentence


He's looking a little porky these days.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Opt for the carnitas: tender, juicy, and full of porky flavor. Fox News, "America's best burritos," 20 Nov. 2015 And finally, a very porky sandwich Pork products make many appearances among the Sporkies finalists. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sporkies 2018 finalists highlight everything fried, delicious and totally weird at the Wisconsin State Fair," 18 June 2018 Two pounds of the porky product is mixed into each 2 1/2 gallon container of ice cream. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "New Jersey farm launches ham-flavored ice cream," 3 May 2018 Cooking sausage in the pan before adding the dough infuses the crust with porky flavor. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Cast-Iron Pizza with Fennel and Sausage," 26 Mar. 2018 Succulent carnitas – toasted to a lacy, porky crunch on the outside, tender within – were another hit from the dinner menu. Kate Washington, sacbee, "The region's best Oaxacan food just might be found in ... Rocklin?," 2 Mar. 2018 Jose Luis Villegas The Sacramento Bee Succulent carnitas – toasted to a lacy, porky crunch on the outside, tender within – were another hit from the dinner menu. Kate Washington, sacbee, "The region's best Oaxacan food just might be found in ... Rocklin? | The Sacramento Bee," 2 Mar. 2018 Somewhat sweet, surprisingly pungent and unabashedly porky, the dish has a trademark chewy texture thanks to an unlikely but essential ingredient: steel-cut oats, added near the end of cooking. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Kale With a Side of Hedonism: A German Comfort-Food Recipe," 13 Dec. 2017 In sausage, fat is a source of both delightfully porky flavor and a springy texture. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "The Pleasures of Making Your Own Pork Patty," 2 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Smaller snacks, like spam musubi and lumpia (vegan or porky), are a bargain, offering big flavor for five bucks or less. Jill Lightner, The Seattle Times, "Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe: sweet treats and Hawaiian snacks at great prices," 1 Oct. 2018 Don't judge a deliciously porky, red wine–braised meal by its appearance. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Italian Sausage and Lentils," 6 Dec. 2011 These chewy, fatty, charred nuggets of porky goodness are at once a paean to masters of the form such as Honey 1 and Lem's and a so-crazy-it-just-might-work inspiration that are in a class by themselves. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Old Habits is bar food reborn," 20 Apr. 2018 The pleasantly springy texture is spot on; the flavor is passably porky. Alison Roman, WSJ, "Plant-Based ‘Meat’ and ‘Fish’ May Be the Future. But How Do They Taste?," 12 Apr. 2018 The affordable tasting menu (around 100 reais, or about $31) is a no-brainer, and a thoughtful new vegetarian version mimics the porky one. Seth Kugel, New York Times, "36 Hours in São Paulo," 1 Mar. 2018 And keeping the meat away from the vegetables encourages the porky edges to crisp, which is always a good thing in a chop. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The One Item That Will Change Your Weeknight Cooking," 23 Feb. 2018 These are perfect dumplings, neither too delicate nor too doughy, with a generous pocket of savory, porky filling. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, "Exploring the world of Chinese food at Charlie’s Bakery," 10 Jan. 2018 The irresistible lure of Carnitas Don Lucho has a scent — of the rich porky goodness of carnitas, of the more-savory-than-spicy house chorizo, of roast lamb. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Milwaukee 50, with Milwaukee's Top 30 restaurants, ranked," 15 Sep. 2017

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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