piggy

[pig-ee]
noun, plural piggies.
1.
a small or young pig.
adjective, piggier, piggiest.
2.
Informal. piggish.
3.
(of a sow) in an advanced state of pregnancy.
Also, piggie.


Origin:
1790–1800; (def 1) pig1 + -y2; (defs 2 and 3) pig1 + -y1

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

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So the researchers piggy-backed on the procedure by giving three patients language tests.
Countries with fast food chains that piggy-backed on the corn boom have become more efficient eaters.
But in practice, it is coming to resemble a government piggy-bank.
Regional political bosses are no longer allowed to use its branches as their personal piggy-bank.
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