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pigpen

[pig-pen] /ˈpɪgˌpɛn/
noun
1.
a pen for keeping pigs.
2.
a filthy or untidy place:
This kitchen is a pigpen.
Origin of pigpen
1795-1805
1795-1805; pig1 + pen2
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  • The best part of sleeping in the old pigpen, they thought, was being able to leave it whenever they chose.

    Tales of a Poultry Farm Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • And there was a battle down in the Devil's pigpen day before yesterday.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Yes, but jest 'cause a man don't want to live in a pigpen it ain't no sign he wants to be put under a glass case.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Now, it happened that there was one loose board in a corner of the pigpen.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • So all the family went out, and hearing the squealing of the swine, they hastened to the pigpen.

    The Russian Grandmother's Wonder Tales Louise Seymour Houghton
  • Notice as you go that this place doesn't look much like a pigpen now.

    The Banner Boy Scouts George A. Warren
  • One night two ladies who were alone in their cabin, were alarmed by wild appeals from the pigpen, and found it invaded by a bear.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
  • Besides the oxen, there are three milch cows in his barn, and he has a hennery and pigpen.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • Just because there was a nail loose in the pigpen I got in trouble with all the live stock.

British Dictionary definitions for pigpen

pigpen

/ˈpɪɡˌpɛn/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
a pen for pigs; sty
2.
a dirty or untidy place
Also called pigsty
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Slang definitions & phrases for pigpen

pigpen

noun

(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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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