pl. -·gies or -·gy
- any of a family (Sparidae) of marine percoid food fishes having spiny fins and a wide body covered with large scales, as the scup, the pinfish, and the sheepshead
- any of various other fishes, as the menhaden
Origin of porgyprobably altered ; from Spanish or Portuguese pargo ; from Classical Latin pagrus ; from Classical Greek phagros, sea bream
nounpl. porgy or por·gies
- Any of various deep-bodied marine food fishes of the family Sparidae, especially Pagrus pagrus of Mediterranean and Atlantic waters.
- Any of various similar fishes.
Origin of porgyAlteration of Spanish and Portuguese pargo, both alteration of Latin phager, a kind of fish, from Greek phagros, sea bream; see bhag- in Indo-European roots.