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pigging out

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WORD ORIGIN

probably from Old English *picg, found in compounds, ultimate origin unknown. Originally "young pig" (the word for adults was swine). Apparently related to Low German bigge, Dutch big ("but the phonology is difficult" -- OED). The meaning "oblong piece of metal" is first attested 1580s, on the notion of "large mass." Applied to persons, usually in contempt, since 1540s; the derogatory slang meaning "police officer" has been in underworld slang since at least 1811.

Another Old English word for "pig" was fearh, related to furh "furrow," from PIE *perk- "dig, furrow" (cf. Latin porc-us "pig," see pork). "This reflects a widespread IE tendency to name animals from typical attributes or activities" [Lass]. Synonyms grunter, porker are from sailors' and fishermen's euphemistic avoidance of uttering the word pig at sea, a superstition perhaps based on the fate of the Gadarene swine, who drowned. The image of a pig in a poke is attested from 1520s (see poke (n.3)). Flying pigs as a type of something unreal is from 1610s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PIGGING OUT

eating

nounconsuming
  • binging
  • biting
  • chewing
  • consumption
  • devouring
  • dining
  • feasting on
  • feeding on
  • gluttony
  • gobbling
  • gorging on
  • gourmandization
  • having a meal
  • masticating
  • munching
  • nibbling
  • overindulgence
  • pigging out
  • snacking
  • stuffing oneself
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