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 *porḱ- (“young swine, young pig”). Cognate with Old English fearh (“young pig, hog”). More at farrow.
English from the 14th century, as a term of abuse from the 17th century.
- (RP) IPA(key): /pɔːk/
- (US) IPA(key): /poərk/, /pɔːrk/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)k
- (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.