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[pig-pen] /ˈpɪgˌpɛn/
a pen for keeping pigs.
a filthy or untidy place:
This kitchen is a pigpen.
1795-1805; pig1 + pen2 Unabridged
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  • My pigpen is at the bottom of an old orchard below the house.
  • Funding for the project also covered the cost of zinc and other building materials for renovation of a chicken coop and pigpen.
  • About forty families were waiting for us at the pigpen.
  • pigpen was a walking cloud of dust and dirt and was often regarded unkindly.
  • Other animals such as miniature horses, pigs, goats and rabbits are located in a pigpen petting farm at the facility.
  • Harriet ran to a neighboring farm and hid in a pigpen for four days.
British Dictionary definitions for pigpen


noun (US & Canadian)
a pen for pigs; sty
a dirty or untidy place
Also called pigsty


noun (pl) -sties
a pen for pigs; sty
(Brit) a dirty or untidy place
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Slang definitions & phrases for pigpen



(also pigsty) Any filthy, littered place: His room's a pigpen (1872+; 1820+ pigsty)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for pigpen

building for housing swine, particularly one with facilities for housing a number of hogs under one roof. Typical housing protects against extremes of heat and cold and provides draft-free ventilation, sanitary bedding, and feeding. Simple hog houses are sometimes called sties

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