Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Old English picga


1 noun
Related topics: Animals, Police
pig1 S2 [countable]


HBA a farm animal with short legs, a fat body, and a curved tail. Pigs are kept for their meat, which includes pork, bacon and ham [= hog American English]
He kept pigs and poultry.


a) someone who eats too much or eats more than their share:
You greedy pig, you ate all the candy!
I made a bit of a pig of myself (=ate too much) at dinner.
b) someone who is unpleasant in some way, for example unkind or very untidy:
They live like pigs in that house over the road.
You can tell him from me he's an ignorant pig.
(male) chauvinist pig (=a man who thinks women are not equal to men)


taboo informalSCP an offensive word for a police officer. Do not use this word.

a pig (of a something)

British English spoken something that is very difficult or unpleasant to do:
They're improving, and they're a pig of a team to beat.

make a pig's ear of something

British English spoken to do something very badly:
Someone's made a right pig's ear of these repairs.

in a pig's eye

American English spoken informal used to show that you do not believe what someone is saying

pig in a poke

spoken something you bought without seeing it first and that is not as good or valuable as you expected:
What if the car you buy turns out to be a pig in a poke?

pigs might fly

spoken used to say that you do not think something will happen:
'Someone might have handed in your pass.' 'Yes, and pigs might fly.'

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