the runt of the litter; the favourite or smallest pig in the litter.
|A Merry Play in Farmer (1905) 67: But she will go gadding very much / Like an Antony pig with an old witch.|
|Tears, Sighs, etc. of the Church of England Bk IV 595: Yea some are such Cossets and Tantanies, that they congratulate their Oppressors, and flatter their Destroyers.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Andrew Jackson 39: [They would] follow arter him jist like a tantoney pig or whipt spaniel.|
|Swell’s Night Guide 109/2: Anthony, or Tantony Pig, the favourite or small pig, of a litter; to follow like a tantony pig, that is, St. Anthony’s pig to follow at the heels.|
|Standard 24 May 3/5: ‘What is an Anthony?’ ‘The littlest pig, your honour. The little pig is always “Anthony”’ .|
|Derbyshire Times 26 July 5/2: Anthony Pig. The ruckling of the litter.|