Definition of bonham in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈbɒnəm/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A piglet.
Example sentences
  • In the mid-sixties I changed to finishing all pigs instead of selling bonhams.
  • She counted seven shillings and ten pence and she said to her son Pat: ‘I think you should go to the Fair in the morning to buy a bonham or small pig.’
  • Gossip was exchanged and embellished, births, deaths and marriages were discussed and the price of bonhams and dropped calves were dissected.


Late 19th century: dialect variant of Irish banbh 'pig'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bon¦ham

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.