- noun an animal of the Suidae family kept exclusively for meat production
- Any member of the Suidae family, intelligent animals with a bristly skin and long snouts with which they can root about in earth and leaf litter looking for food; especially Sus scrofa, the domesticated pig, and European wild boar.
- A sucking pig or young immature pig
- noun a policeman or woman. An offensive term that gained its greatest currency in the 1960s in the USA whence it was reimported into Britain. (It was used in the same sense in the late Victorian underworld.).
- noun a sexist male, as characterised by feminists. A shortening of the catchphrase ‘male chauvinist pig’ (also rendered as MCP).
- acronym forpublic interest group (written as PIG)
- acronym forpassive income generator (written as PIG)
Origin & History of “pig”
The word pig is not recorded until the middle English period, although it is assumed to have existed in Old English as *picga or *pigga. It originally meant ‘young pig’, and did not become the general term for ‘pig’ until the 16th century (the usual word in Old and Middle English was swine). Piglet is a late 19th-century coinage. It is not known where the word pig came from, although some have suggested a connection with Old English pīc ‘pointed object’ (source of modern English pike), perhaps in allusion to the pig’s pointed muzzle (if that is the truth of the matter, pig may be parallel as an animal-name with pike).