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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to make a noise like a pig," 1965, of imitative origin.


interj. 1 Representing the sound made by a pig. 2 Drawing attention to male chauvinism (from the term ''male chauvinist pig''). n. The sound made by a pig, or an imitation thereof. vb. (context intransitive English) Of a pig or in imitation thereof, to make its characteristic sound.


v. utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs [syn: squeal]


Oink may refer to:

  • The sound made by a pig
  • Oink! (comics), a comic printed in the U.K. during the 1980s
  • Oink! (computer game), a 1982 Apple II game by Beagle Bros Software
  • Oink! (video game), a 1982 Atari 2600 game by Activision
  • Oink: My Life with Mini-Pigs, a 2011 novel by Matt Whyman.
  • Oink (O-Force), a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Comics Universe
  • Oink (Stingray), a seal cub character in Stingray (TV series)
  • Oink (Pillow Pal), a Pillow Pal pig made by Ty, Inc.
  • Moo & Oink, a Chicago-based grocery store chain that caters to the inner-city community
  • Oink's Pink Palace, a defunct BitTorrent tracker and music sharing community website
  • Oink (payment service), youth payments technology by Virtual Piggy, Inc.
Oink (film)

Oink is a 1995 short film directed by Rand Ravich, who later directed The Astronaut's Wife. Oink premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995.

Oink (payment service)

Oink is a payment enabler that allows children to safely make purchases online or in-store while keeping parents in control of all aspects of spending. The technology is COPPA-compliant, PCI DSS Level 1 compliant and TRUSTe certified. The company has been featured in many articles as the first company to digitize a teen's monthly allowance. Forbes referred to the service as "PayPal for Kids".

Oink is notable for being the first, and currently the only service that enables transactions for under-13 users that are COPPA-compliant. This means the service is the only way for someone 12 or younger to make an online purchase without violating these laws regulated by the FTC, which heavily restrict which personal information a company is permitted to collect from a child. Because Oink's checkout process only requires the child to provide a username and password to check out, these issues are avoided, keeping the process safe.

Oink is the only COPPA-compliant payment technology designed to allow retailers and game publishers to reach under-21 consumers in a safe, legal and effective manner.

On January 28, 2014, Oink announced that over one million users have signed up for their family wallet solution to shop safely, and securely online.

On November 21, 2014, Oink announced the launch of their prepaid card on the Discover Network - allowing parents to control their children's in-store spending as well.

The notability of this technology was recognized by Frost & Sullivan, who gave Virtual Piggy their 2012 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award in Digital Media. Their report details the innovative nature of the service, and the impact they anticipate it will have on eCommerce.

Usage examples of "oink".

The dry, coppery leaves beneath the trees were full of stealthy rustlings and creepings as small creatures fed on beechmast, and the oinking of pigs could be heard in the distance, where someone was exercising his ancient right to pannage for his animals.

The Great Green Oink is preceded by a wretched, vaguely muddy stench, and this odor is preceded by a grunty Oinking noise that gives the creature its undignified yet wholly appropriate name.

Whatever the cause, the smell came into the clearing with a sort of wet, resounding thud, and the Oinks followed.

The three sisters blinked mildly as the dust cloud swept over them, and then the Oinks were upon them.

He glared downward as the beast he had summoned oinked happily, nuzzling its bristly snout against his leg.

Only a halfheartedly barking hound dog greeted them there—none of the women Mullenax had mentioned—and a penful of pigs oinked and squealed with hungry vigor.