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[hawg, hog] /hɔg, hɒg/
a hoofed mammal of the family Suidae, order Artiodactyla, comprising boars and swine.
a domesticated swine weighing 120 pounds (54 kg) or more, raised for market.
a selfish, gluttonous, or filthy person.
  1. a large, heavy motorcycle.
  2. an impressively large luxury automobile.
Also, hogg, hogget. British.
  1. a sheep about one year old that has not been shorn.
  2. the wool shorn from such a sheep.
  3. any of several other domestic animals, as a bullock, that are one year old.
Railroads Slang. a locomotive.
a machine for shredding wood.
Curling. a stone that stops before reaching the hog score.
verb (used with object), hogged, hogging.
to appropriate selfishly; take more than one's share of.
to arch (the back) upward like that of a hog.
roach3 (def 3).
(in machine-shop practice) to cut deeply into (a metal bar or slab) to reduce it to a shape suitable for final machining.
to shred (a piece of wood).
verb (used without object), hogged, hogging.
Nautical. (of a hull) to have less than the proper amount of sheer because of structural weakness; arch.
Compare sag (def 6a).
go the whole hog, to proceed or indulge completely and unreservedly:
We went the whole hog and took a cruise around the world.
Also, go whole hog.
live high off / on the hog, to be in prosperous circumstances.
Also, eat high off the hog.
Origin of hog
1300-50; Middle English; compare Old English hogg- in place-names; perhaps < Celtic; compare Welsh hwch, Cornish hogh swine
Related forms
hoglike, adjective
unhogged, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hogged
Historical Examples
  • I knew she was hogged, but I didn't know it was as bad as that.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The oil is extracted from the hogged mass by a steaming and roasting process.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Its colour was reddish, and it had a quantity of stiff, short hair on the neck, which gave it the appearance of a hogged mane.

  • A slight pause, then he added, casually and quite simply: "The plaintiff reached for it and hogged it."

    Those Extraordinary Twins Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Occasionally a portion only was hogged, while the greater part remained in its natural condition.

  • Horace hogged the field glasses most o the time, but my eyes were a blame sight better n his, so I didnt kick about it much.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • The long hairs in the mane should never be cut, unless it is intended to clip it off altogether, and make it into a “hogged” mane.

  • A million kinds of life are spawned on the floor, fighting for the light that tree had hogged for itself.


    Cory Doctorow
  • Well, he'd squared this cob's tail and hogged his mane so that he looked like another animal.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • When the corn crop matures, the larger individuals are given the liberty of the corn fields and the crop is "hogged down."

British Dictionary definitions for hogged


(nautical) (of a vessel) having a keel that droops at both ends Compare sag (sense 6)


a domesticated pig, esp a castrated male weighing more than 102 kg
(US & Canadian) any artiodactyl mammal of the family Suidae; pig
(Brit, dialect, Austral & NZ) Also hogg another name for hogget
(informal) a selfish, greedy, or slovenly person
(nautical) a stiff brush, for scraping a vessel's bottom
(nautical) the amount or extent to which a vessel is hogged Compare sag (sense 6)
another word for camber (sense 4)
(slang, mainly US) a large powerful motorcycle
(informal) go the whole hog, to do something thoroughly or unreservedly: if you are redecorating one room, why not go the whole hog and paint the entire house?
(informal, mainly US) live high on the hog, live high off the hog, to have an extravagant lifestyle
verb (transitive) hogs, hogging, hogged
(slang) to take more than one's share of
to arch (the back) like a hog
to cut (the mane) of (a horse) very short
Derived Forms
hogger, noun
hoglike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hogg, from Celtic; compare Cornish hoch
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Word Origin and History for hogged



late 12c. (implied in hogaster), "swine reared for slaughter" (usually about a year old), also used by stockmen for "young sheep" (mid-14c.) and for "horse older than one year," suggesting the original sense had something to do with an age, not a type of animal. Not evidenced in Old English, but it may have existed. Possibility of British Celtic origin {Watkins, etc.] is regarded by OED as "improbable." Figurative sense of "gluttonous person" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "Harley-Davidson motorcycle" is attested from 1967.

To go hog wild is from 1904. Hog in armor "awkward or clumsy person in ill-fitting attire" is from 1650s. Phrase to go the whole hog (1828) is sometimes said to be from the butcher shop option of buying the whole slaughtered animal (at a discount) rather than just the choice bits. But it is perhaps rather from the story (recorded in English from 1779) of Muslim sophists, forbidden by the Quran from eating a certain unnamed part of the hog, who debated which part was intended and managed to exempt the whole of it from the prohibition.



"to appropriate greedily," U.S. slang, 1884 (first attested in "Huck Finn"), from hog (n.). Related: Hogged; hogging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hogged



  1. A locomotive, originally a heavy freight engine (1915+ Railroad & hoboes)
  2. hogger (1915+ Railroad & hoboes)
  3. A Harley-Davidson2 motorcycle: Harley, perhaps best known for its big-engine ''hogs''/ a hundred Hell's Angels on their Hogs (1960s+ Motorcyclists)
  4. A large car, esp a Cadillac2: ''I got a Hog, a Cadillac'' (1950s+ Black)
  5. (also the hog) PCP or a similar addictive drug: climbed on stage and threw thousands of caps of ''the hog'' into the crowd (1960s+ Narcotics)
  6. A sexually appealing male; Adonis, hunk (1980s+ Students)


To take or eat everything available for oneself; claim and seize all: appeared simultaneously with ET and suffered as the little fungiform geek hogged the box office/ Mara had deliberately hogged the spotlight (1884+)

Related Terms

eat high on the hog, on the hog, whole hog

[railroad and hobo senses fr the fact that large locomotives consumed a great deal of coal]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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