- 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.
- Archaic. a degraded, contemptible person.
Origin of hangdog
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Examples from the Web for hangdog
“I don't think anyone quite understands how it gets resolved,” he said with trace of hangdog sadness.Hostage to His Caucus, John Boehner Can’t Keep His Message Straight
March 4, 2013
He was renowned for his violent pedigree, although few people other than militants would have recognized his broad, hangdog face.My Trip With a Terrorist
August 27, 2010
There was no lowering of the eyelids when they confessed; no hangdog look about the mouth.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
They say he couldn't look such a miserable, hangdog wretch for nothing.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
"Joan, I kissed you because I can't be a hangdog any longer," he said.The Border Legion
"We kept on improving the gadget," he said with hangdog attitude.The Kenzie Report
To that hangdog creature might fall the task of driving Betty home!My Little Sister
- downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner
- a furtive or sneaky person
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