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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 hogs
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  • If that be holiness, I could show you hogs in this forest who are fit to head the calendar.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Nevertheless, we will have it done, lest their bad example should corrupt the other hogs.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “Which is a libel on hogs,” observed the other, with a smile.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Now let us turn to another story with more humans than hogs in it.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • I should not be surprised if some of the hogs escaped observation.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • He engages in the raising of chickens, hogs, cattle, and horses.

  • It may be said in general that the quality of the hogs now coming in is poor.

  • Here, nine out of every ten of the guarijos we've seen, live like hogs in a sty.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for hogs


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 hogs



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 hogs



Dollars, esp only a few dollars (1940s+)



  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]

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