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hangdog

[ hang-dawg, -dog ]

adjective

  1. He sneaked out of the room with a hangdog expression.

    Synonyms: contrite, sheepish, ashamed

  2. browbeaten; defeated; intimidated:

    He always went about with a hangdog look.

    Synonyms: crestfallen, wretched

    Antonyms: assured, confident

  3. suitable to a degraded or contemptible person; sneaky; furtive.


noun

  1. a degraded, contemptible person.

hangdog

/ ˈhæŋˌdɒɡ /

adjective

  1. downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner


noun

  1. a furtive or sneaky person
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hangdog1

First recorded in 1670–80; hang + dog
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Example Sentences

“I don't think anyone quite understands how it gets resolved,” he said with trace of hangdog sadness.

He was renowned for his violent pedigree, although few people other than militants would have recognized his broad, hangdog face.

He was one of those little insignificant hangdog things with vacant eyes.

Edward slouched up alongside of me presently, with a hangdog look on him, as if he had been caught stealing jam.

To that hangdog creature might fall the task of driving Betty home!

Crab growled something under his breath and went off in a hangdog way.

The stowaway's face showed some embarrassment, but not at all the usual hangdog mien of such wastrels.

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