Definition of piggy bank in US English:

piggy bank


  • 1A container for saving money in, especially one shaped like a pig, with a slit in the top through which coins are dropped.

    • ‘His line, launched last year, included hats, piggy banks, stuffed dolls and even street fashion.’
    • ‘He's raided your piggy banks and filched all your birthday money.’
    • ‘From birth to 11, the account offers an interest rate of 3.80%, a twice-yearly magazine, a piggy bank and a set of money-off vouchers.’
    • ‘I've always loved the things, from the little tinware postboxes I had as a small child to the stainless steel savings box the banks used to issue to children, right through to the ceramic piggy banks I still enjoy.’
    • ‘They took our cash, my jewellery, my husband's laptop computer, my children's piggy banks and broke my bathroom window.’
    • ‘As a measure of motivation, kith and kin present tiny piggy banks to them.’
    • ‘If you have any old £10 notes hiding away in a wallet, purse or piggy bank, you have until midnight tonight to spend them.’
    • ‘The under- 11s can opt for an organiser and calculator, piggy bank, squirrel or back pack with the Supersaver account.’
    • ‘Donations had ranged from children raiding their piggy banks to large cheques for hundreds of pounds.’
    • ‘Workers turned up with boxes, bags and piggy banks crammed with coins and by the end of the day the total reached £1, 550.’
    • ‘The piggy bank is a timeless tool and see-through ones work best.’
    • ‘They even fled with cash from children's piggy banks from houses in Park Lane.’
    • ‘Every few months, when his piggy bank is full, we take it to a real bank, run it through the coin sorter, change the total into bills.’
    • ‘There are piles of change next to the piggy bank.’
    • ‘He counted out the entire contents of his piggy bank to help tsunami victims after seeing newspaper and television coverage of the disaster.’
    • ‘Do you try to spend it to 'get rid of it', or do you put it in a jar or a piggy bank?’
    • ‘One evening in 1940, my grandmother walked into my father's bedroom - he was 7 at the time - to find him sitting on his bed, the contents of his piggy bank spread around him, in floods of tears.’
    • ‘His parents urge him to save his coins in the little piggy bank on his dresser, yet they willingly give their own coins away to any stranger extending a hand across a counter.’
    • ‘As usual, she raids her children's piggy banks and heads to the supermarket with £6.50.’
    • ‘They gave your father piggy banks when he was young because they wanted him to develop healthy spending and saving practices, thus protecting him from the curse of debt.’
    1. 1.1figurative Savings.
      ‘many people would dip into their piggy banks to pay the higher tax bills’
      • ‘That suggests that people are using money in their piggy banks to fund a lot of their Christmas shopping this year.’
      • ‘If you're going to make a stability/heritage / piggy bank fund, the money in it should be invested in the future - hence, education.’
      • ‘The money raised would become a sort of piggy bank of last resort to pay doctors and hospitals for patients who don't pay them.’
      • ‘The government has been borrowing money out of the Social Security trust fund like it's their own private piggy bank.’
      • ‘But, as many employers have found out, tapping the trust fund piggy bank can bring increased personal risk and result in harsh measures.’


piggy bank

/ˈpiɡē ˌbaNGk//ˈpɪɡi ˌbæŋk/