A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar, along with other species; related creatures outside the genus include the babirusa and the warthog. Pigs, like all suids, are native to the Eurasian and African continents. Juvenile pigs are known as piglets. Pigs are omnivores and are highly social and intelligent animals.

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  1. Any of several mammalian species of the genus Sus, having cloven hooves, bristles and a nose adapted for digging; especially the domesticated farm animal Sus scrofa.
    The farmer kept a pen with two pigs that he fed from table scraps and field waste.
  2. (specifically) A young swine, a piglet.
  3. The edible meat of such an animal; pork.
    Some religions prohibit their adherents from eating pig.
  4. Someone who overeats or eats rapidly and noisily.
    You gluttonous pig! Now that you've eaten all the cupcakes, there will be none for the party!
  5. A nasty or disgusting person.
    She considered him a pig as he invariably stared at her bosom when they talked.
  6. A dirty or slovenly person.
    He was a pig and his apartment a pigpen; take-away containers and pizza boxes in a long, moldy stream lined his counter tops.
  7. A police officer.
    The protester shouted, “Don't give in to the pigs!” as he was arrested.
  8. A difficult problem.
    Hrm...this one's a real pig: I've been banging my head against the wall over it for hours!
  9. A block of cast metal.
    The conveyor carried the pigs from the smelter to the freight cars.
    After the ill-advised trade, the investor was stuck with worthless options for 10,000 tons of iron pig.
  10. The mold in which a block of metal is cast.
    The pig was cracked, and molten metal was oozing from the side.
  11. A device for cleaning or inspecting the inside of an oil or gas pipeline, or for separating different substances within the pipeline. Named for the pig-like squealing noise made by their progress.
    Unfortunately, the pig sent to clear the obstruction got lodged in a tight bend, adding to the problem.
  12. a person who is obese to the extent of resembling a pig (the animal)

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. earthenware, or an earthenware shard
  2. An earthenware hot-water jar to warm a bed; a stone bed warmer

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. a pigeon.


  1. to give birth.
    The black sow pigged at seven this morning.
  2. To greedily consume (especially food).
    ''They were pigging on the free food at the bar.
  3. To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.

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