[ hawg, hog ]
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  1. a hoofed mammal of the Old World family Suidae, order Artiodactyla, comprising boars and swine.

  2. a domesticated swine weighing 120 pounds (54 kilograms) or more, raised for market.

  1. a selfish, gluttonous, or filthy person.

  2. Slang.

    • a large, heavy motorcycle.

    • an impressively large luxury automobile.

  3. Also hogg, hogget .British.

    • a sheep about one year old that has not been shorn.

    • the wool shorn from such a sheep.

    • any of several other domestic animals, as a bullock, that are one year old.

  4. Railroads Slang. a locomotive.

  5. a machine for shredding wood.

  6. Curling. a stone that stops before reaching the hog score.

verb (used with object),hogged, hog·ging.
  1. to appropriate selfishly; take more than one's share of.

  2. to arch (the back) upward like that of a hog.

  1. (in machine-shop practice) to cut deeply into (a metal bar or slab) to reduce it to a shape suitable for final machining.

  2. to shred (a piece of wood).

verb (used without object),hogged, hog·ging.
  1. Nautical. (of a hull) to have less than the proper amount of sheer because of structural weakness; arch.: Compare sag (def. 6a).

Idioms about hog

  1. go the whole hog. See entry at whole hog. : Also go whole hog.

  2. live high off / on the hog, Informal. to be in prosperous circumstances.: Also eat high off the hog.

Origin of hog

First recorded before 1100; Middle English hoge, Old English hogg; further origin uncertain; perhaps from Celtic; compare Welsh hwch, Cornish hogh “swine”

Other words from hog

  • hog·like, adjective
  • un·hogged, adjective

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How to use hog in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hog


/ (hɒɡ) /

  1. a domesticated pig, esp a castrated male weighing more than 102 kg

  2. US and Canadian any artiodactyl mammal of the family Suidae; pig

  1. Also: hogg British dialect, Australian and NZ another name for hogget

  2. informal a selfish, greedy, or slovenly person

  3. nautical a stiff brush, for scraping a vessel's bottom

  4. nautical the amount or extent to which a vessel is hogged: Compare sag (def. 6)

  5. another word for camber (def. 4)

  6. slang, mainly US a large powerful motorcycle

  7. go the whole hog informal to do something thoroughly or unreservedly: if you are redecorating one room, why not go the whole hog and paint the entire house?

  8. live high on the hog or live high off the hog informal, mainly US to have an extravagant lifestyle

verbhogs, hogging or hogged (tr)
  1. slang to take more than one's share of

  2. to arch (the back) like a hog

  1. to cut (the mane) of (a horse) very short

Origin of hog

Old English hogg, from Celtic; compare Cornish hoch

Derived forms of hog

  • hogger, noun
  • hoglike, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with hog


see go hog wild; go whole hog; high off the hog; road hog.

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