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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a pig/sheep/cattle farm
▪ A pig farm in Dorset is the suspected source of the epidemic.
guinea pig
male chauvinist pig (=an insulting name for a male chauvinist)
▪ a male chauvinist pig
male chauvinist pig (=an insulting name for a male chauvinist)
pig iron
sweat like a pig/sweat bucketsinformal (= sweat a lot)
▪ basketball players sweating buckets
wild horse/dog/pig etc
in a pig's eye!
▪ How can you live in this mess? You're such a pig!
▪ That's what Christmas is all about, isn't it? Making a pig of yourself.
▪ The greedy pig! He didn't leave any pizza for us.
▪ You're a selfish pig.
▪ You pig! You ate all of the cookies!
▪ You pig, you've eaten it all!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pig \Pig\, n. A piggin. [Written also pigg.]


Pig \Pig\, n. [Cf. D. big, bigge, LG. bigge, also Dan. pige girl, Sw. piga, Icel. p[=i]ka.]

  1. The young of swine, male or female; also, any swine; a hog. ``Two pigges in a poke.''

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Any wild species of the genus Sus and related genera.

  3. [Cf. Sow a channel for melted iron.] An oblong mass of cast iron, lead, or other metal. See Mine pig, under Mine.

  4. One who is hoggish; a greedy person. [Low]

    Masked pig. (Zo["o]l.) See under Masked.

    Pig bed (Founding), the bed of sand in which the iron from a smelting furnace is cast into pigs.

    Pig iron, cast iron in pigs, or oblong blocks or bars, as it comes from the smelting furnace. See Pig, 4.

    Pig yoke (Naut.), a nickname for a quadrant or sextant.

    A pig in a poke (that is, bag), a blind bargain; something bought or bargained for, without the quality or the value being known. [Colloq.]


Pig \Pig\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Pigged; p. pr. & vb. n. Pigging.]

  1. To bring forth (pigs); to bring forth in the manner of pigs; to farrow.

  2. To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

probably from Old English *picg, found in compounds, ultimate origin unknown. Originally "young pig" (the word for adults was swine). Apparently related to Low German bigge, Dutch big ("but the phonology is difficult" -- OED). The meaning "oblong piece of metal" is first attested 1580s, on the notion of "large mass." Applied to persons, usually in contempt, since 1540s; the derogatory slang meaning "police officer" has been in underworld slang since at least 1811.\n\nThe pigs frisked my panney, and nailed my screws; the officers searched my house, and seized my picklock keys. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811] \n\nAnother Old English word for "pig" was fearh, related to furh "furrow," from PIE *perk- "dig, furrow" (source also of Latin porc-us "pig," see pork). "This reflects a widespread IE tendency to name animals from typical attributes or activities" [Lass]. Synonyms grunter, porker are from sailors' and fishermen's euphemistic avoidance of uttering the word pig at sea, a superstition perhaps based on the fate of the Gadarene swine, who drowned. The image of a pig in a poke is attested from 1520s (see poke (n.3)). Flying pigs as a type of something unreal is from 1610s.


1670s, "to huddle together," from pig (n.). Related: Pigged; pigging. To pig out "eat voraciously" attested by 1979.\n\n


Etymology 1 n. 1 Any of several mammalian species of the genus ''Sus'', having cloven hooves, bristles and a nose adapted for digging; especially the domesticated farm animal ''Sus scrofa''. 2 (lb en specifically) A young swine, a piglet (qualifier: contrasted with a hog, an adult swine). 3 (context uncountable English) The edible meat of such an animal; pork. 4 Someone who overeats or eats rapidly and noisily. 5 A nasty or disgusting person. 6 A dirty or slovenly person. 7 (lb en now chiefly US UK Australia derogatory slang) A police officer. (From ''ante'' 1785.) 8 (context informal English) A difficult problem. 9 (context countable and uncountable English) A block of cast metal. 10 The mold in which a block of metal is cast. 11 (context engineering English) A device for cleaning or inspecting the inside of an oil or gas pipeline, or for separating different substances within the pipeline. Named for the pig-like squealing noise made by their progress. 12 (context pejorative English) a person who is obese to the extent of resembling a pig (the animal) 13 (context US military slang English) The general-purpose M60 machine gun, considered to be heavy and bulky. 14 (cx uncountable English) A simple dice game in which players roll the dice as many times as they like, either accumulating a greater score or losing previous points gained. vb. 1 (context of swine English) to give birth. 2 (context intransitive English) To greedily consume (especially food). 3 (context intransitive English) To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context Scottish English) earthenware, or an earthenware shard 2 An earthenware hot-water jar to warm a bed; a stone bed warmer

  1. n. domestic swine [syn: hog, grunter, squealer, Sus scrofa]

  2. a coarse obnoxious person [syn: slob, sloven, slovenly person]

  3. a person regarded as greedy and pig-like [syn: hog]

  4. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman [syn: bull, cop, copper, fuzz]

  5. mold consisting of a bed of sand in which pig iron is cast [syn: pig bed]

  6. a crude block of metal (lead or iron) poured from a smelting furnace

  7. [also: pigging, pigged]

  1. v. live like a pig, in squalor [syn: pig it]

  2. eat greedily; "he devoured three sandwiches" [syn: devour, guttle, raven]

  3. give birth; "sows farrow" [syn: farrow]

  4. [also: pigging, pigged]


A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar ( Sus scrofa), along with other species; related creatures outside the genus include the peccary, the babirusa, and the warthog. Pigs, like all suids, are native to the Eurasian and African continents. Juvenile pigs are known as piglets. Pigs are highly social and intelligent animals.

With around 1 billion individuals alive at any time, the domesticated pig is one of the most numerous large mammals on the planet. Pigs are omnivores and can consume a wide range of food, similar to humans. Pigs can harbour a range of parasites and diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Because of the similarities between pigs and humans, pigs are used for human medical research.

Pig (zodiac)

The Pig () is the twelfth and the last sign of the Earthly Branches (亥). It is characterized as yin so only the negative elements can be attached to it.

In the continuous Sexagenary cycle, every twelfth year corresponds to Hai, and is commonly called "the Year of the Pig" (豬年). There are five types of Pigs, named after the Chinese elements. In order, they are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.

Pig (musical project)

Raymond Watts (also known as Nainz, Nainz Watts, and Ray Scaballero) is the founding and sole member of the post-industrial music project PIG, sometimes written as .

Watts was an early member and periodic collaborator of KMFDM, and has been a visible part of the industrial music scene since the early 1980s. He has toured with KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, Schaft, Schwein, and Einstürzende Neubauten.

According to the official website, PIG is currently in the studio recording a new album with Marc Heal. Watts, Dr. Shinto and John Gosling released a four-song EP Titled Mellan Rummen on November 15, 2010 on

On June 8, 2012 Marc Heal revealed a demo version of "the first new PIG track in eight years" entitled "Drugzilla (Rough As A Hog's Arse Mix)" via Cubanate's Official Facebook page and providing their followers a link to his personal SoundCloud page. The link was reposted by Watts a few hours later. A second demo entitled Shake was released on July 15, 2012; again via Heal's Soundcloud page, this time also noting Dan Abela as engineer. In November 2014 Watts approved mixes for an upcoming joint-release EP.

In March 2015 another collaborative EP was announced with Primitive Race entitled " Long in the Tooth" with a worldwide release date of June 5, 2015 through Metropolis Records. Later that month in an interview, Watts revealed a new PIG album has been written and recorded. Former KMFDM bandmate En Esch will be providing final touches to the album.

On June 15, 2016 The official PIG Facebook page announced that the new PIG album (called The Gospel) is being released 9/9/16 on Metropolis. Soon after tour dates were announced The American Excess tour with opening bands En Esch & Peter Turns Pirate. The North American tour takes place Sept & Oct of 2016.

Pig (dice game)

Pig is a simple dice game first described in print by John Scarne in 1945. As with many games of folk origin, Pig is played with many rule variations. Commercial variants of Pig include Pass the Pigs, Pig Dice, and Skunk. Pig is commonly used by mathematics teachers to teach probability concepts.

Pig is one of a family of dice games described by Reiner Knizia as "jeopardy dice games". For jeopardy dice games, the dominant type of decision is whether or not to jeopardize previous gains by rolling for potential greater gains. Most jeopardy dice games can be further subdivided into two categories: jeopardy race games and jeopardy approach games. In jeopardy race games, the object is to be the first to meet or exceed a goal score (e.g. Pig, Pass the Pigs, Cosmic Wimpout, Can't Stop). In jeopardy approach games, the object is to most closely approach a goal score without exceeding it.

Pig (short story)

"Pig" is a macabre short story by Roald Dahl that was published in Dahl's 1960 collection Kiss Kiss. The world it presents is one that is cruel and violent. It is a cautionary tale warning parents of the danger of ill-preparing a child for the dangers and realities of the greater world, particularly if shielding children from things perceived as bad by the parents but accepted by the world at large.

Pig (disambiguation)

A pig is a mammal of the genus Sus.

Pig, PIG, Pigs, or PIGS may also refer to:

Pig (2011 film)

Pig is a 2011 American science fiction film written and directed by Henry Barrial and starring Rudolf Martin.

Pig (2010 film)

Pig is the 2010 horror film directed by Adam Mason starring Molly Black, Guy Burnet and Andrew Howard.

Pig (song)

"Pig" is a Dave Matthews Band song from the album Before These Crowded Streets. The song evolved from an earlier tune entitled "Don't Burn the Pig", which was written about a television program Dave Matthews viewed in England where pigs were burned to test their reaction to pain. After 11 live performances between 1996 and 1998, "Don't Burn the Pig" was recorded in the studio during the Before These Crowded Streets sessions, and then the song reworked itself into "Pig", with the same notion in mind; however, it interpreted more of a carpe diem theme.

A 33-second studio jam is heard at the end of the studio track, based on "Deed Is Done", an early song by the band, and " Anyone Seen the Bridge?", a segue jam that debuted live in 1996.

Dave Matthews Band has performed "Pig" since 1998, up through the summer of 1999. The song did not return to live set lists until spring 2002, where it was played the most during that year than any other year. Since the song's debut, "Pig" has been played 159 times; however, it still remains a rarity among the band's set lists.

Pig (1998 film)

Pig is a 1998 experimental, psychological horror, short silent film directed by underground film maker Nico B. and co-directed by notable deathrock pioneer Rozz Williams. The film stars Rozz Williams and James Hollan and was produced by Nico B. It was distributed by the CAV Distributing company in South San Francisco and produced by the studios Open Eye Productions and Cult Epics. (The latter of which Nico B. is the founder and owner.)

The film was the last work of Rozz Williams before his suicide in 1998, and incorporates a highly surreal, absurdist technique blended with intense graphic horror and religious allusions and metaphors. The film was never publicly screened, although it was first released on VHS in 1998 and then re-released on DVD on April 2 of 2002. On both the VHS and DVD versions of the production it was unrated due to uncensored sexuality and nudity as well as depictions of torture and fetishistic sadism. The film was re-issued in January 2013 with a newly produced surround soundtrack on a BLU RAY/DVD combo with Williams' posthumous sequel film 1334, also directed by Nico B., and released through Cult Epics.

The DVD edition contains a large assortment of featured content not previously seen on the VHS version, especially in commemoration of Williams' death. This includes a commentary and Rozz Williams memorial video by Nico B., "behind-the-scenes" footage, outtakes and optional commentary, a Rozz Williams photo gallery, a previously unreleased music track by Rozz Williams, actor biographies, chapter selections, excerpts from the last interview with Rozz conducted by John E. Ellenberger, a copy of the original "super-8" test footage of Pig with commentary by former Christian Death drummer and friend of Rozz, Ignacio Segovia, and finally a 40-page booklet and adaptation of the fictional book featured in the film, Why God Permits Evil. The booklet was Williams' only published written work.

The soundtrack accompanying the film—Pig: Original Soundtrack—was composed entirely by Rozz, and included some of his last musical output.

Pig (programming tool)

Apache Pig is a high-level platform for creating programs that run on Apache Hadoop. The language for this platform is called Pig Latin. Pig can execute its Hadoop jobs in MapReduce, Apache Tez, or Apache Spark. Pig Latin abstracts the programming from the Java MapReduce idiom into a notation which makes MapReduce programming high level, similar to that of SQL for RDBMSs. Pig Latin can be extended using User Defined Functions (UDFs) which the user can write in Java, Python, JavaScript, Ruby or Groovy and then call directly from the language.

Usage examples of "pig".

Games were also to go to the lower level and take the aft end including the auxiliary machinery room, then cover Pig and Python.

Several pigs, agoutis, kangaroos, and other rodents were seen, also two or three koalas, at which Pencroft longed to have a shot.

A fat old Albacore shark swam past us, blotched and piebald like a pig, but he paid us no attention and I lowered the spear as he drifted away into the hazy distance.

Fruit incomparable, fish incomparable, roast pig and baked bird beyond believing, breadfruit and volcano, absolute and continuing perfection of weather, brown-skin paradise maidens such as are promised in alcoran, song and string-music and surf-music!

And like as not he would have taken a few store pigs to the auction mart this week, sending the deadly contagion all over ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL405 Yorkshire and beyond.

His nostrils filled with the ammoniac stench of the pigs, his ears bombarded with their squealing.

Traditionally, the andouilles from France were made from the large intestines and stomach of the pig, seasoned heavily and smoked.

Every so often, he would take the slowmatch from out the clamp and whirl it around several times in the air before once more securing it back into the serpentine of his clumsy arquebus, for if that scurvy, ill-natured pig of a Seosaidh Scot who had robbed him of his well-earned sleep and set him to this useless, thankless task should come by and find his match unlit, he surely would set about thrashing Raibert.

He now stood in the sun, his small pig eyes all asquint, trying to work out how this unexpected demand might be turned to his advantage.

Langeron and Yekaterininskaya streets, directly opposite the huge Fankoni Cafe where stockbrokers and grain merchants in Panama hats sat at marble-topped tables set out right on the pavement, Paris-style, under awnings and surrounded by potted laurel trees, the cab in which Auntie and Pavlik were travelling was all but overturned by a bright-red automobile driven by the heir to the famous Ptashnikov Bros, firm, a grotesquely bloated young man in a tiny yachting cap, who looked amazingly like a prize Yorkshire pig.

Mai, they herded cattle on the grasslands and pigs in the patches of woodland that stood between the fields, and the young men of the tribe hunted boar and deer and aurochs and bear and wolf in the wild woods that had now been pressed back beyond the temples.

Despite his bawling like a pig with a cut hock, no one did anything foolish, for which Liu Han was heartily glad.

Quebec, and chance hunters brought word that what with sleep, and the measured tramp, tramp of the pig, and the baying of the dogs, and the clucking of the chickens inside the fort, the escape of the whites had not been discovered for a week.

Before anyone could object, he strode over to the pile of pigs, took four bound feet in each hand, and came back to Bekko, the two carcasses swinging.

Sachs the street cop with wire thoroughly enjoyed hearing the vicious bigot squeal like a pig as she sprayed him again.