Definition of pork in English:



  • 1The flesh of a pig used as food, especially when uncured.

    • ‘Egyptian peasants continued to keep pigs as late as 1350 bc, and pork was allowed as food on certain holy days.’
    • ‘I had a soft, steaming mound of it with some of the butcher's pork and leek sausages the other day, but it would have gone just as well with a Sunday roast.’
    • ‘She shops for pork chops and clams and yuks it up with the counterpeople.’
    • ‘While all of these various types of pork chops are tender, some are more so than others.’
    • ‘The pork and leek sausage tasted supermarket-bought, and the mash was on day release from potato prison.’
    • ‘Slice one pork chop into three pieces and arrange in the center of a plate.’
    • ‘A gorgeous, grill-striped pork chop deserved better than to be served so salty.’
    • ‘Two well-flavoured pork escalopes were breaded and fried, and served with a field mushroom and proper mash.’
    • ‘To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.’
    • ‘It's a wonderful recipe of pork, venison, steak, kielbasa sausage and sauerkraut.’
    • ‘To eat, spread a teaspoon of hoi sin sauce on a pancake, top with pork, cucumber and spring onions, wrap like a nappy and eat.’
    • ‘Brussels officials are convinced that fun and games for pigs make for healthier animals and tastier pork chops or bacon rashers.’
    • ‘A handsome pork chop with fennel purée is five minutes past being a winner.’
    • ‘When you treat your pigs as lovingly as your pets, it's not the easiest thing to turn them into pork chops’
    • ‘Beef, mutton, pork and venison were common meats, and communities close to the coast could expect to widen their diets with fish and shellfish.’
    • ‘Pairing pork chops with other ingredients requires a little ingenuity, as well.’
    • ‘It also makes a wonderful base for pork sausages, beef and lamb, and goes really well with salmon.’
    • ‘French words veal, beef, venison, pork, even in Chaucer's time, stood for the animals as well as the flesh.’
    • ‘Spoon a portion of sauce onto the plate and place the spinach next to the pork chop.’
    • ‘My rule used to be to pan-fry pork chops for eight minutes on one side and five minutes on the other.’
  • 2

    short for pork barrel
    • ‘We often end up with the same sort of horsetrading that goes on in the US: governments offer pork in return for votes.’
    • ‘Especially when you remember that the only prize we get from the Howard Government seems to be pork.’
    • ‘We're used to having pounds of fatty pork stirred into almost every recipe Congress dishes up.’
    • ‘It's funny how your radicalism stops short when it's your own federal pork on the line, isn't it?’
    • ‘Controlling this pork would be a Committee of National Organisation to plan the economy.’
    • ‘Both the Senate and the House have passed measures; the next step is to sort out the differences and portion out the pork in conference committee.’
    • ‘The adults are in charge of all three branches of government, and they can't pass a simple piece of pork?’
    • ‘Needless to say, providing pork often comes with a little senatorial sleight of hand.’
    • ‘Look out for phony attempts to include populist spending to disguise the wasteful pork spent on corporate farming subsidies.’
    • ‘While we're at it, what about a slice of government pork for those of us who crochet?’
    • ‘President Bush should insist that subsidies and pork be removed or veto the bills.’
    • ‘Unless it's pork, of course, in which case it applies only to states and districts that vote Republican.’
    • ‘An acidic Stiglitz wondered how the market could be so omniscient, if it had to rely on good old fashioned government defense pork in the first place.’
    • ‘Is government willing to give up the pork, entitlements and transfer payments?’
    • ‘Taxes get wasted of a lot of foolish projects, government pork and corporate welfare.’
    • ‘Still, one can't help but wonder if the doom and gloom warnings have their roots in a mentality accustomed to government pork.’


  • 1US vulgar slang [with object] (of a man) have sexual intercourse with.

  • 2informal [no object] Stuff oneself with food; overeat.

    ‘I porked out on the roast pig’
    • ‘But I suspect that obese kids would respond by finding other foods to pork out on.’
    • ‘But if your control slips and you find you've porked out like a post-contest pro bodybuilder, turn it into an advantage.’
    • ‘Johanna and I porked out on tasty Japanese food.’
    • ‘We still hadn't eaten lunch yet so we went out and porked out on burgers and fries.’
    • ‘He's lost a bit of weight (Skinner ‘always porks out’ towards the end of making an album, apparently) and, clutching a bottle of water in his snappy designer sportswear, might almost be at the gym.’
    • ‘As they get older, they tend to eat the same and run around less, and pork out a bit.’
    • ‘You can't afford to leave it alone, yet you also can't legislated directly to prevent your population porking out.’
    • ‘I compensate for my awkwardness and just make things worse by porking out on the buffets.’


Middle English: from Old French porc, from Latin porcus pig.