1. The flesh of a pig or hog used as food.
2. 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).
v. porked, pork·ing, porks
1. To eat ravenously; gorge oneself. Used with out.
2. To become fat. Used with out.
To engage in sexual intercourse with (another). Used especially of a man.
[Middle English, from Old French porc, pig, from Latin porcus; see porko- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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