You might be tempted to describe your greedy lunch companions as porcine, but you should try to resist the urge. Porcine means "like a pig."

The adjective porcine is a scientific term for talking about pigs, but it's also useful for describing anything — or anyone — resembling a pig. A large, shiny-faced man might appear porcine to you, and so might a group of hungry kids who shove and jostle each other to get their hands on a plate of brownies. The Latin root is porcus, or "pig."

Definitions of porcine
  1. adjective
    relating to or suggesting swine
    “comparison between human and porcine pleasures”
  2. adjective
    resembling swine; coarsely gluttonous or greedy
    synonyms: hoggish, piggish, piggy, swinish
    given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink
  3. adjective
    repellently fat
    “a bald porcine old man”
    synonyms: gross
    having an (over)abundance of flesh
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