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[pawr-kee, pohr-] /ˈpɔr ki, ˈpoʊr-/
adjective, porkier, porkiest.
of, relating to, or resembling pork.
a porky child.
Origin of porky1
1850-55; pork + -y1
Related forms
porkiness, noun


[pawr-kee, pohr-] /ˈpɔr ki, ˈpoʊr-/
noun, plural porkies. Chiefly Inland North and Western U.S.
1900-05, Americanism; porc(upine) + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now, sluggish and slow though a porky may be, there is one of his members that is as quick as a steel trap, and that is his tail.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • Well, as I was saying, it's absurd to worry; he's not a porky father.

  • He advanced a foot or two, and porky turned his back toward Thor and made ready to deliver a swipe with his powerful tail.

    The Grizzly King James Oliver Curwood
  • No, Smoky, it is no dog; neither is it a porky; it is a bear this time all right.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Diana looked doubtfully at the two inches of brown, porky substance on her ivy-leaf plate, and sighed.

  • It was porky, with that wedge-coat of hisn, and a seegar as big as a corn-cob!

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
  • porky pulled out his check-book and begun to scribble with one of them squirt-gun pens.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for porky


adjective porkier, porkiest
belonging to or characteristic of pork: a porky smell
(informal) fat; obese
Derived Forms
porkiness, noun


noun (pl) porkies
(Brit, slang) a lie Also called pork pie
Word Origin
from rhyming slang pork pie lie
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for porky

1852, from pork (n.) + -y (2). Related: Porkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for porky



Obese; porcine: a porky, middle-aged waitress with a mustache and bad feet (1852+)

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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