Definition of porgy in English:


nounplural noun porgy, plural noun porgies

  • A deep-bodied fish related to the sea breams, typically silvery but sometimes changing to a blotched pattern. It usually lives in warm coastal waters.

    Calamus and other genera, family Sparidae: many species

    ‘However, it makes a good home for numerous pufferfish, porgies and sweetlips, and surgeonfish shoal in the open water nearby.’
    • ‘While deciding, we stared into the eyes of a striped bass, sea bass, porgy and red snapper.’
    • ‘The porgy is a fine fish with firm and flaky flesh.’
    • ‘You can fish undisturbed for bass and porgies at Menemsha Beach on the North Shore.’
    • ‘The dorades (which I have found are the equivalent of sea bream, of the porgy family) were on sale, and I bought two for a grand total of 7 euros.’
    • ‘There are a variety of other edible pan fish that may show up, such as grunts and porgies.’
    • ‘I ate a porgy for the first time on Wednesday, an odd little tropical fish that is well known and loved by gourmands in this part of the world.’
    • ‘A thousand porgies are engulfed by a larger glittering and heaving mass of anchovies, constantly grouping and regrouping in a nervous silvery curtain - in the hope of staying alive.’
    • ‘Assorted porgies cluster in decorative groups.’
    • ‘A tall, firm-flaked hunk of red porgy (‘pagro’ in Italian) arrives with a crisp, silvery skin and a brilliant little swish of sauce livened with a few briny olives and a couple of big caperberries, more succulent and subtle than tiny capers.’
    • ‘Mixed schools of porgy and tang hovered over the wreck, and blue chromis, almost too small to spot easily, sought protection from predators within its crusty surface.’



/ˈpôrɡē/ /ˈpɔrɡi/


Early 18th century probably an alteration of pargo, from Spanish and Portuguese pargo, apparently from Latin pagrus, a kind of fish, from Greek phagros.