pigging out


1 [pig]
a young swine of either sex, especially a domestic hog, Sus scrofa, weighing less than 120 pounds (220 kg)
any wild or domestic swine.
the flesh of swine; pork.
a person of piglike character, behavior, or habits, as one who is gluttonous, very fat, greedy, selfish, or filthy.
Slang. a slatternly, sluttish woman.
Disparaging. a police officer.
Machinery. any tool or device, as a long-handled brush or scraper, used to clear the interior of a pipe or duct.
an oblong mass of metal that has been run while still molten into a mold of sand or the like, especially such a mass of iron from a blast furnace.
one of the molds for such masses of metal.
metal in the form of such masses.
verb (used with object), pigged, pigging.
to mold (metal) into pigs.
Informal. to eat (something) quickly; gulp: He pigged three doughnuts and ran off to school.
verb (used without object), pigged, pigging.
to bring forth pigs; farrow.
Verb phrases
pig out, Slang. to overindulge in eating: We pigged out on pizza last night.
on the pig's back, Australian Slang. in a fortunate position.
pig it,
to live like a pig, especially in dirt.
to lead a disorganized, makeshift life; live without plan or pattern.

1175–1225; Middle English pigge young pig, with doubled consonant appropriate to terms for smaller animals (cf. dog, frog1) but with no obvious relations; almost certainly not akin to Low German, Dutch big(ge), Middle Dutch vigghe young pig, which involve further obscurities; if Danish pige, Swedish piga maid, young girl are compared, perhaps < ON word meaning “young, small,” applied in Scand to girls but in OE to swine

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pig (pɪɡ)
1.  any artiodactyl mammal of the African and Eurasian family Suidae, esp Sus scrofa (domestic pig), typically having a long head with a movable snout, a thick bristle-covered skin, and, in wild species, long curved tusks
2.  a domesticated pig weighing more than 120 pounds (54 kg)Related: porcine
3.  informal a dirty, greedy, or bad-mannered person
4.  the meat of swine; pork
5.  derogatory a slang word for policeman
6.  a.  a mass of metal, such as iron, copper, or lead, cast into a simple shape for ease of storing or transportation
 b.  a mould in which such a mass of metal is formed
7.  informal (Brit) something that is difficult or unpleasant
8.  an automated device propelled through a duct or pipeline to clear impediments or check for faults, leaks, etc
9.  a pig in a poke something bought or received without prior sight or knowledge
10.  informal make a pig of oneself to overindulge oneself
11.  (Irish), (NZ) on the pig's back successful; established: he's on the pig's back now
vb , pigs, pigging, pigged
12.  (intr) (of a sow) to give birth
13.  informal (intr) Also: pig it to live in squalor
14.  informal (tr) to devour (food) greedily
Related: porcine
[C13 pigge, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

probably from O.E. *picg, found in compounds, ultimate origin unknown. Originally "young pig" (the word for adults was swine). Another O.E. word for "pig" was fearh, related to furh "furrow," from PIE *perk- "dig, furrow" (cf. L. 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 meaning "oblong piece of metal" is first attested 1589, on the notion of "large mass." The derogatory slang meaning "police officer" has been in underworld slang since at least 1811; pig out "eat like a pig" is 1979; pig-headed is 1620; pigskin as slang for "football" is from 1894, though as word for saddle leather it is from 1855. Pig Latin first recorded 1937. Pigsty is from 1591; fig. use for "miserable, dirty hovel" is attested from 1820.
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