- Obsolete a pig or hog
- the flesh of a pig or hog, used as food, esp. when used fresh, or uncured
- ☆ Informal money, jobs, etc. received as pork barrel
Origin: Middle English porc from Old French from Classical Latin porcus, a pig from Indo-European an unverified form poros, pig from source farrow
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- 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).
- To eat ravenously; gorge oneself. Used with out.
- To become fat. Used with out.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French porc, pig, from Latin porcus; see porko- in Indo-European roots.