hot dog

[ noun hot-dawg; interjection hot-dawg ]
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  1. a frankfurter.

  2. a sandwich consisting of a frankfurter in a split roll, usually eaten with mustard, sauerkraut, or relish.

  1. Also hotdog, hot dogger, hotdogger, hot-dogger .Informal.

    • a person who performs complex, showy, and sometimes dangerous maneuvers, especially in surfing or skiing.

    • a show-off, especially in sports.

  1. Informal. (used to express great joy or delight.)

Origin of hot dog

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

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Other definitions for hot-dog (2 of 2)


or hot·dog

[ hot-dawg, -dog ]

verb (used without object),hot-dogged, hot-dog·ging.
  1. to perform unusual or very intricate maneuvers in a sport, especially surfing or skiing.

  2. to perform in a recklessly or flamboyantly skillful manner, as in a sport or athletic activity; show off.

  1. skillful or excellent, as in sports performance.

  2. of, indicating, or for a type of sports activity, especially surfing or skiing, in which intricate and potentially dangerous stunts are performed.

  1. intended or done to draw attention; showy or sensational.

Origin of hot-dog

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use hot dog in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hot dog (1 of 2)

hot dog1

  1. a sausage, esp a frankfurter, served hot in a long roll split lengthways

Origin of hot dog

C20: from the supposed resemblance of the sausage to a dachshund

British Dictionary definitions for hot dog (2 of 2)

hot dog2

  1. mainly US a person who performs showy acrobatic manoeuvres when skiing or surfing

verbhot-dog, -dogs, -dogging or -dogged
  1. (intr) to perform a series of manoeuvres in skiing, surfing, etc, esp in a showy manner

Origin of hot dog

C20: from US hot dog!, exclamation of pleasure, approval, etc

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Other Idioms and Phrases with hot dog

hot dog

A person who performs showy, often dangerous stunts, especially but not exclusively in sports; also, a showoff. For example, He was a shameless hot dog on the tennis court, smashing every ball, or She was a hot dog behind the wheel, screeching her wheels at every turn. The relation of this term to the edible hot dog is unknown. [Colloquial; c. 1900]

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