Main definitions of porky in English

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porky1

adjective

  • 1informal (of a person or part of their body) fleshy or fat:

    ‘he bent his squat, porky frame over the rail of the bed’
    • ‘Old Bruce is not happy to be reminded that he was once a porky loser who talks as if his mouth is full of spit and looks like a living donut.’
    • ‘He must have thought that the music teacher was porky himself to have made the association in the first place.’
    • ‘You'd think they couldn't ruin a steak, surely there's a rubicund, porky chef, with a hat, prodding and turning steaks over a hot griddle.’
    • ‘His porky arms spilled over the sides of his chair and threatened to encroach mine. His fat legs blocked the gangway, meaning I couldn't step over him to get to the loo mid-flight.’
    • ‘It started years ago when we all realised we were getting a bit more porky than we should be.’
    • ‘Opposite me, a porky man devoured his three double cheeseburgers in a panic.’
    • ‘What worries me about McConnell in the gym is not that he still looks porky, but his determination to prove himself a dynamic and active leader.’
    • ‘He then decided this was not nearly traumatic enough an experience for me and went on to squeeze unused sachets of mayonnaise into his porky little mouth and gobble this down too.’
    • ‘In fact, looking at the porky physiques on parade at the Lakeside, it's doubtful whether they could even manage a hop or a skip, let alone the jump.’
    • ‘Nine unusual porky pets are desperate to find new homes.’
    • ‘There's no denying it: I've been getting porky and out of shape lately.’
    • ‘These fitness machines once promised a slim future to porky pizza-eaters.’
    • ‘Besides a few directly by his side (and Veloce who wasn't there) they were either week looking, skinny or chubby, porky fellows.’
    • ‘I have to be careful I don't preach to my sybaritic, porky friends with messianic fervour about the joys of healthy eating.’
    • ‘It seems the porky guard's brother-in-law can pull strings on the parole board, and good boxers can write their ticket to an early parole.’
    • ‘Going to the nearest person in sight, which happens to be a porky security guard, Annette asked him if all the taxis in America had disappeared.’
    • ‘It seems to me that the word has gone out amongst the porky community, because they're beginning to fight back.’
    • ‘He's porky and slow, but doesn't let that bother him.’
    • ‘The health warnings before you start each tape indicate real fears of porky viewers overdoing it.’
    fat, fattish, plump, portly, rotund, roly-poly, pot-bellied, round, dumpy, chunky, broad in the beam, overweight, fleshy, paunchy, corpulent
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  • 2Of or resembling pork:

    ‘meaty rashers with a mild porky aroma’

noun

British
rhyming slang
  • A lie:

    ‘you've been telling porkies’
    • ‘And when it comes to telling porkies, what about those 14 pints?’
    • ‘It's also a cautionary tale about how telling porkies on the Internet can land you in a whole heap of trouble.’
    • ‘Women, its findings suggest, are likely to be more prolific in the sexual porky-pie stakes than men.’
    • ‘You would not be reading this if I had not told myself a few porkies.’
    • ‘And for the record one should also add that their architect had initially furnished a porky in claim of actual ‘planning requirement’.’
    • ‘A bear of a man, 6ft tall, with mischievous eyes that turn into dipped headlamps and folds that hang heavily from his cheeks, he guards his private life with a series of magnificent porkies.’
    • ‘The celebration of St Ralph's Day would involve as much carousing and tomfoolery as St Patrick's Day, with the added attraction that it would be compulsory to tell porkies at every possible opportunity.’
    • ‘So is Sam caught bang to rights, telling porkies to the parliament?’
    • ‘We think nothing of telling porkies to partners and friends, fiddling expenses or pocketing overpaid change.’
    • ‘Furthermore, when telling porkies to them, it pays to be sure that they are not in a position to know that you are exaggerating.’
    • ‘Party leaders should face each other in live election debates - so we can judge which of the swine is telling us the most, well, porkies.’
    • ‘Again, telling porkies about your car will do nothing but antagonize the salesperson and once again you will find yourself being screwed over.’
    • ‘And shoppers in Swindon agree the gentler sex is more prone to telling porkies.’
    • ‘In fact she has been accused of having a weakness for porkies, of which more later.’
    • ‘There are many situations which have women - and, though less often, men - squirming as to whether to slip in just one or two porkies.’
    • ‘Slowly but surely it becomes easier and infinitely more desirable to tell and to live the truth than to indulge in porky-pies.’
    • ‘I know from bitter experience that despite recently introduced tougher legislation, holiday brochures can - and do - still tell giant porkies.’
    • ‘Then again, I could tell huge porkies and no-one would know.’
    • ‘They made numerous wholly specious claims and at least one of the women witnesses confessed to having told downright porkies right from the start.’
    • ‘Solution: get them to study literature so that they appreciate what fiction is actually about: telling the truth by telling porkies.’
    untruth, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, made-up story, trumped-up story, invention, piece of fiction, fiction, falsification, falsity, fairy story, fairy tale, cock and bull story, barefaced lie
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Pronunciation

porky

/ˈpɔːki/

Main definitions of porky in English

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porky2

noun

US
informal
  • A porcupine.

Pronunciation

porky

/ˈpɔːki/