Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

pig - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable]     pig pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    Sound effect an animal with no fur and a curly tail kept by farmers for its meat. A female pig is called a sow and a young pig is called a piglet. The meat from a pig is called pork.
  2. 2
    an insulting word for someone who behaves in an unpleasant way

    You greedy pig – you’ve eaten up all the food.

    He’s just an ignorant pig.

  3. 3
    British informal something that is very difficult or unpleasant

    We had a pig of a game.

  4. 4
    offensive an insulting word for a police officer
  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    when pigs fly never

    When will you return? When pigs fly

    Submitted by Serdar from Turkey on 26/10/2015
See also


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play