[ hawg-bak, hog- ]
See synonyms for hogback on Thesaurus.com
  1. a long, sharply crested ridge, generally formed of steeply inclined strata that are especially resistant to erosion.

Origin of hogback

First recorded in 1655–65; hog + back1

Words Nearby hogback

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hogback in a sentence

  • Seward Mountain, seen from a distance of ten or fifteen miles, looked like a hogback ridge.

    Lost Pond | Henry Abbott
  • Campote is completely surrounded by mountains, the hogback dropping off into the valley below us.

  • The first land he encountered was a high hogback of rock which proved to be an island.

    Kings in Exile | Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
  • If we'd pitched the tents up on the hogback, that's all we'd a been in for.

    The Chalice Of Courage | Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Changing the subject, he said, "I wish you could see the valley from that hogback over to the west."

British Dictionary definitions for hogback


/ (ˈhɒɡˌbæk) /

  1. Also called: hog's back a narrow ridge that consists of steeply inclined rock strata

  2. archaeol a Saxon or Scandinavian tomb with sloping sides

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012