• "One pig went squealing down the road."
    "One pig went squealing down the road."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pig give birth "sows farrow"
    • v pig eat greedily "he devoured three sandwiches"
    • v pig live like a pig, in squalor
    • n pig domestic swine
    • n pig a crude block of metal (lead or iron) poured from a smelting furnace
    • n pig mold consisting of a bed of sand in which pig iron is cast
    • n pig uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
    • n pig a person regarded as greedy and pig-like
    • n pig a coarse obnoxious person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Pig's Tail The Pig's Tail
Thief and Pig Thief and Pig
Man holding floating pig by rope Man holding floating pig by rope
woman and pig at market woman and pig at market
Scalding pig carcasses Scalding pig carcasses

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more pigs than humans in Denmark
    • n Pig A piggin.
    • Pig An oblong mass of cast iron, lead, or other metal. See Mine pig, under Mine.
    • Pig (Zoöl) Any wild species of the genus Sus and related genera.
    • Pig One who is hoggish; a greedy person.
    • Pig The young of swine, male or female; also, any swine; a hog. "Two pigges in a poke."
    • Pig To bring forth (pigs); to bring forth in the manner of pigs; to farrow.
    • Pig To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An average pig squeals at a range from 100 to 115 decibels.
    • n pig A hog; a swine; especially, a porker, or young swine of either sex, the old male being called boar, the old female sow. It is sometimes used in composition to designate some animal likened to a pig: as, a guinea-pig. See hog, Suidæ.
    • n pig The flesh of swine; pork.
    • n pig An oblong mass of metal that has been run while still molten into a mold excavated in sand; specifically, iron from the blast-furnace run into molds excavated in sand. The molds are a series of parallel trenches connected by a channel running at right angles to them. The iron thus cools in the form of semi-cylindrical bars, or pigs, united at one end by another bar called the sow: so called from a coarse comparison with a litter of pigs suckling.
    • n pig A customary unit of weight for lead, 301 pounds.
    • n pig A very short space of time.
    • pig To bring forth pigs; bring forth in the manner of pigs; litter.
    • pig To act as pigs; live like a pig; live or huddle as pigs: sometimes with an indefinite it.
    • n pig An earthen vessel; any article of earthenware.
    • n pig A can for a chimney-top.
    • n pig A potsherd.
    • n pig Pig-iron collectively or any specified amount of iron pigs.
    • n pig In forestry, see rigging-sled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the early stages of development, and pig's embroyo is similar to that of a human's.
    • n Pig pig a swine of either gender: an oblong mass of unforged metal, as first extracted from the ore, so called because it is made to flow when melted in channels called pigs, branching from a main channel called the sow
    • v.i Pig to bring forth pigs: to live together like pigs:—pr.p. pig′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. pigged
    • n Pig pig an earthen vessel.
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  • Winston Churchill
    “Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Some men there are love not a gaping pig, some that are mad if they behold a cat, and others when the bagpipe sings I the nose cannot contain their urine.”
  • Martina Navratilova
    Martina Navratilova
    “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “A pig bought on credit is forever grunting.”
  • Marlon Brando
    Marlon Brando
    “I have eyes like those of a dead pig.”
  • Jim Henson
    Jim Henson
    “Nobody creates a fad. It just happens. People love going along with the idea of a beautiful pig. It's like a conspiracy.”


Be on the pig's back - If you're on the pig's back, you're happy / content / in fine form.
Eat like a pig - If some eats like a pig, they either eat too much or they have bad table manners.
Guinea-pig - If you are a guinea-pig, you take part in an experiment of some sort and are used in the testing.
Make a pig's ear - If you make a pig's ear of something, you make a mess of it.
Pig in a poke - If someone buys a pig in a poke, they buy something without checking the condition it was in, usually finding out later that it was defective.
Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered - (USA) This idiom is used to express being satisfied with enough, that being greedy or too ambitious will be your ruin.
Pigs might fly - If you think something will never happen or succeed, you can say that 'pigs might fly' (or 'pigs can fly' and 'pigs will fly'- the idiom is used in many forms)
Put lipstick on a pig - If people put lipstick on a pig, they make superficial or cosmetic changes, hoping that it will make the product more attractive.
Sweat like a pig - If someone is sweating like a pig, they are perspiring (sweating) a lot.
Throw pearls to the pigs - Someone that throws pearls to pigs is giving someone else something they don't deserve or appreciate. ('Throw pearls before pigs' and 'Cast pearls before swine' are also used.)
When pigs fly - Meaning you will not get something when you want it or someone doesn't want something for you. say you are selling an item and some one doesn't want it. they might say 'I'll buy it when pigs fly'. it just means you will never get someone to say yes to you when you ask for something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. big, bigge, LG. bigge, also Dan. pige, girl, Sw. piga, Icel. pīka,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

I'm going to name my new little pig Minervy.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Being fourteen years old, they were too ancient to care much for pigs.
"Harper's Young People, March 23, 1880" by Various
A little pig was tied by one hind leg to a thorn-bush.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
He invoked the sacred name of pigs and of all kinds of other things.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
A pig-iron placed before it on the bars of the grate answers every purpose of keeping the thin part from being too much done.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
Every eagle can fly; Some pigs cannot fly.
"Symbolic Logic" by Lewis Carroll
The day when what I am going to tell you about happened, we were all leaning on the stone wall looking at the pigs.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
An' last night they come after the pig.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
It was the pig did it.
"Harper's Young People, June 22, 1880" by Various
Directly the Little'un's back was turned, a wandering pig arrived on the scene.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay

In poetry:

An' there the pigs did scote
Azide, in fright, wi' squeakèn droat,
Wi' geese a pitchèn up a note.
Look there.
"Eclogue:--Racketèn Joe" by William Barnes
And thus she spoke in thrilling tone,--
Fast fell the tear-drops big:--
"Ah! woe is me! Alas! Alas!
The Pig! The Pig! The Pig!"
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Oh, Nathan, Nathan, what's a Pig,
That thou shouldst weep and wail?
Come, bear thee like a butcher's child,
And thou shalt have his tail!"
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There fell oot a pig fu' o' siller an' gowd;
"Tak' it up," said the shape, "on thee it's bestow'd;
That treasure was hidden, lang ages agane,
In that moulderin' wa', an noo its thine ain.
"The Angel's Treasure" by Janet Hamilton
And then I see the Chickens and the Geese go walking,
I hear the Pigs and the Ducks all talking.
And the Red and the Spotted Cows they stare at me,
As if they wondered whoever I could be.
"The Little London Girl" by Kate Greenaway
He's not — despite his name, of course —
The least bit like a river horse,
But much more like a river pig,
He is a harmless beast, and though
He is not beautiful, we know,
No doubt his mother thinks him so!
"Master Hippo" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The state official is calling for the eradication of feral pig herds throughout New Mexico.
New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell told an audience in Ruidoso last week that the pigs have been found on more than 1 million acres of state trust lands.
The spirit of Pig Slop will live on with new art space mushmaus.
She forced him to look deeply into her "squinty pig eyes," according to him.
Clearly, the week-to-week variation has a big effect on how many sows farrow each week and how many pigs are weaned each week.
There was never a better reason for, well, pigging out and stuffing your face.
These pigs get to eat all they want.
The Purple Pig's Pork Chops.
Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for US Consumers.
Yeun Sang Ho's 'The King of Pigs' wins three awards.
Yeun Sang Ho's 'The King of Pigs' won three prizes at the Busan International Film Festival.
Pig snouts inhale only the good stuff.
FOOD- DISH- Smokin' good: Pigs fly on the Mall.
Buzz the guinea pig is available for adoption.
It wasn't Harry Potter who cast a spell on movie goers this weekend, but rather, much to everyone's surprise, it was an elite group of crime fighting (and talking) guinea pigs.

In science:

Thus we have pig = L − 2M ≥ 0 by the assumption.
The Bethe ansatz in a periodic box-ball system and the ultradiscrete Riemann theta function
T [pHS (ρ) − pIG (ρ)] , where pHS and pIG are the pressures of the hard sphere and ideal gas systems, respectively, V is the volume and T is the temperature (the Boltzmann constant is unity).
Why is Random Close Packing Reproducible?
SHS90a] Suneson A, Hansson HA, Seeman T: Pressure Wave Injuries to the Nervous System Caused by High Energy Missile Extrem ity Impact: Part I. Local and Distant Effects on the Periphera l Nervous System. A Light and Electron Microscopic Study on Pigs. The Journal of Trauma. 30(3):281-294; 1990.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
Distant Effects on the Central Nervous System . A Light and Electron Microscopic Study on Pigs. The Journal of Trauma. 30(3):295-306; 1990.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
And if you ask whether the masses of Cepheids determined from their pulsation properties can be made to agree with evolutionary tracks (Keller and Wood 2006), the answer is they can; and pigs may fly, but they’re unlikely birds.
Astrophysics in 2006