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[pawrk, pohrk] /pɔrk, poʊrk/
the flesh of hogs used as food.
Informal. appropriations, appointments, etc., made by the government for political reasons rather than for public benefit, as for public buildings or river improvements.
1250-1300; Middle English porc < Old French < Latin porcus hog, pig; cognate with farrow1
Related forms
porkish, porklike, adjective
porkless, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for porklike


the flesh of pigs used as food
Word Origin
C13: from Old French porc, from Latin porcus pig
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Word Origin and History for porklike
1215, "flesh of a pig as food," from L. porcus "pig, tame swine," from PIE *porko- "young swine" (cf. Umbrian purka; O.C.S. prase "young pig;" Lith. parsas "pig;" O.E. fearh, M.Du. varken, both from P.Gmc. *farhaz). Porker young hog fattened for food" is recorded from 1657; meaning "fat person" is from 1892. Pork chop is attested from 1858. Pork barrel "state's financial resources" is 1909, on notion of food supply kept in a barrel (lit. sense from 1801); the shortened form pork in this sense is attested from 1862. Pork-pie hat originally described a woman's style popular c.1855-65, so called for its shape.
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Slang definitions & phrases for porklike


  1. Federal appropriations obtained for particular localities or interests (1862+)
  2. The police; pig

To do the sex act; copulate; screw: I decided to lay some groundwork for porking her brains out (1980s+)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr poke]

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