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[pig-ee] /ˈpɪg i/
noun, plural piggies.
a small or young pig.
adjective, piggier, piggiest.
Informal. piggish.
(of a sow) in an advanced state of pregnancy.
Also, piggie.
Origin of piggy
1790-1800; (def 1) pig1 + -y2; (defs 2 and 3) pig1 + -y1
Related forms
pigginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for piggy
  • So the researchers piggy-backed on the procedure by giving three patients language tests.
  • If you toss quarters in a piggy bank but rack up thousands of dollars in credit-card debt at the same time, then you're a spender.
  • Countries with fast food chains that piggy-backed on the corn boom have become more efficient eaters.
  • My little piggy smelled of nothing more than fresh meat.
  • Turning automated teller machines into your personal piggy bank is easy-alarmingly easy.
  • He also jailed opponents and turned the treasury into his personal piggy bank, sometimes with bizarre results.
  • But in practice, it is coming to resemble a government piggy-bank.
  • It is neither a current piggy bank, nor a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  • Regional political bosses are no longer allowed to use its branches as their personal piggy-bank.
  • Its income rests entirely on the oil business, which generations of governments have used as a piggy bank.
British Dictionary definitions for piggy


noun (pl) -gies
a child's word for a pig, esp a piglet
piggy in the middle
  1. a children's game in which one player attempts to retrieve a ball thrown over him or her by at least two other players
  2. a situation in which a person or group is caught up in a disagreement between other people or groups
a child's word for toe or, sometimes, finger
adjective -gier, -giest
another word for piggish
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Word Origin and History for piggy

"resembling a pig," 1841, from pig (n.) + -y (2).


"a little pig," 1799, from pig (n.) + -y (3). Related: Piggies. Piggy bank attested from 1941 (pig bank from 1937).

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