hangdog

[hang-dawg, -dog]
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adjective

browbeaten; defeated; intimidated; abject: He always went about with a hangdog look.
shamefaced; guilty: He sneaked out of the room with a hangdog expression.
suitable to a degraded or contemptible person; sneaky; furtive.

noun

Archaic. a degraded, contemptible person.

Nearby words

  1. hang-on,
  2. hang-up,
  3. hangar,
  4. hangbird,
  5. hangchow,
  6. hanged,
  7. hanged for a sheep as a lamb, might as well be,
  8. hanged, drawn, and quartered,
  9. hanger,
  10. hanger-on

Origin of hangdog

First recorded in 1670–80; hang + dog

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British Dictionary definitions for hang-dog

hangdog

adjective

downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner

noun

a furtive or sneaky person
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Word Origin and History for hang-dog

hang-dog

adj.

also hangdog, 1670s, "befitting a hang-dog," a despicable, degraded fellow, so called either from notion of being fit only to hang a dog (cf. cutthroat) or of being a low person (i.e. dog) fit only for hanging. As a noun from 1680s.

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