Pigsney
Pigsney Pigs"ney, n. [Perh. a dim. of Dan. pige a girl, or Sw. piga; or from E. pig's eye.] A word of endearment for a girl or woman. [Obs.] [Written also {pigsnie}, {pigsny}, etc.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • pigsney — (obsolete), late 14c., endearing form of address to a girl or woman, apparently from M.E. pigges eye pig s eye, with excrescent n from min eye, an eye, etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • pigsney — /pigz nee/, n. Obs. 1. a darling. 2. an eye. [1350 1400; ME piggesnye, earlier piggesneyge, equiv. to pigges pig s (see PIG1, S1) + n (prob. extracted from an, indefinite article) + ye, eyge EYE] * * * …   Universalium

  • pigsney — pigs·ney …   English syllables

  • pigsney — ˈpigznē noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English piggesnye, literally, pig s eye, from pigges (gen. of pigge pig) + nye eye, alteration (resulting from incorrect division of an ye, an eye) of ye, eye eye 1. : darling, sweethear …   Useful english dictionary

  • pigsnie — Pigsney Pigs ney, n. [Perh. a dim. of Dan. pige a girl, or Sw. piga; or from E. pig s eye.] A word of endearment for a girl or woman. [Obs.] [Written also {pigsnie}, {pigsny}, etc.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pigsny — Pigsney Pigs ney, n. [Perh. a dim. of Dan. pige a girl, or Sw. piga; or from E. pig s eye.] A word of endearment for a girl or woman. [Obs.] [Written also {pigsnie}, {pigsny}, etc.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pinkeny — noun ( es) Etymology: alteration of earlier pink nye, from pink (VI) + obsolete English nye eye, from Middle English more at pigsney 1. obsolete : a small blinking or peering eye …   Useful english dictionary

  • pygges nye — pygges nye, pyggysny var. pigsney Obs …   Useful english dictionary

  • pyggysny — pygges nye, pyggysny var. pigsney Obs …   Useful english dictionary

  • pygrall — pygrall, pygsnye, pygymast, pygyn see pegrall, pigsney, peggymast, pigeon …   Useful english dictionary

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