- Obs. a pig or hog
- the flesh of a pig or hog, used as food, esp. when used fresh, or uncured
- ⌂ Informal money, jobs, etc. appropriated, or set aside, as political patronage
Origin of porkMiddle English porc ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin porcus, a pig ; from Indo-European an unverified form por?os, pig from source farrow
- The flesh of a pig or hog used as food.
- Government funds, appointments, or benefits dispensed or legislated by politicians to gain favor with their constituents: “However much [the voters] may distrust Congress and dislike pork, the advantages of being represented by an incumbent with seniority are hard to deny” (Richard Lacayo).
verbporked, pork·ing, porks
verb, intransitive Slang
- To eat ravenously; gorge oneself. Used with out.
- To become fat. Used with out.
verb, transitive Vulgar Slang
Origin of porkMiddle English, from Old French porc, pig, from Latin porcus; see porko- in Indo-European roots.
- (uncountable) The meat of a pig; swineflesh.
- Muslims are not allowed to eat pork.
- (US, politics, slang) Funding proposed or requested by a member of Congress for special interests or his or her constituency as opposed to the good of the country as a whole.
(third-person singular simple present porks, present participle porking, simple past and past participle porked)
- (slang, vulgar) To have sex with (someone)
From Middle English pork, porc, via Anglo-Norman from Old French porc (“swine, hog, pig", also "pork"), from Latin porcus (“domestic hog, pig"), from Proto-Indo-European *porá¸±- (“young swine, young pig"). Cognate with Old English fearh (“young pig, hog"). More at farrow.
Used in English since the 14th century, and as a term of abuse since the 17th century.