/pɪg / (say pig)

1. the common domesticated swine, Sus scrofa, descended from the wild boar, widely distributed with humans and bred into many varieties to provide meat and fat; feral populations in Australia cause great ecological damage. Compare hog (def. 1).
2. any mammal of the family Suidae; a swine.
3. a young swine, of either sex, bred for slaughter.
4. the flesh of swine; pork.
5. Colloquial a person or animal of piggish character or habit.
6. Colloquial (derogatory) a police officer.
7. Rugby Union Colloquial a forward.
8. Metallurgy
a. an oblong mass of metal that has been run while still molten into a mould of sand or the like, especially such a mass of iron from a blast furnace; an ingot.
b. one of the moulds for such masses of metal.
c. metal in the form of such masses.
9. an object that is placed in a pipeline and is propelled through by liquid or gas pressure from behind to clean it out or check its internal working.
verb (i) (pigged, pigging)
10. to bring forth pigs.
11. a pig in a poke, something purchased without inspection. {Phrase Origin: from country fairs where suckling pigs were sold; one pig would be on show and the others were already tied in the pokes or bags for selling. Deceitful vendors would sometimes enclose cats instead.}
12. home on the pig's back, successful by an easy margin.
13. in a pig's eye, Colloquial (an exclamation of contemptuous disbelief.)
14. little pigs have big ears!, Colloquial (an expression used to warn others that children are within earshot.)
15. make a pig of oneself or pig oneself, to over-indulge oneself, as by eating too much.
16. pig it, Colloquial to live, lie, etc., as if in a pigsty; live in squalor.
17. pig out, Colloquial (sometimes followed by on) to eat a great deal, especially of very appetising food.
18. pigs or pig's arse or pig's bum or (in a) pig's ear, Colloquial (an exclamation of contempt, derision, denial, etc.)
19. pigs might fly, Colloquial (an exclamation of contemptuous disbelief.) {Phrase Origin: from a Scottish proverb first recorded in John Withal's English–Latin dictionary for children (1586 edition) as pigs fly in the ayre with their tayles forward}
20. pigs to you, Colloquial (an exclamation of contemptuous rebuttal.)
{Middle English pigge, Old English picg (in pic(g)-bred pig-bread, mast2)
/pɪg / (say pig)

noun NZ Colloquial
a demijohn or flagon of beer.
{Middle English pygg}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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