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hog

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noun \ˈhȯg, ˈhäg\

Simple Definition of hog

  • : a pig

  • : a male pig that has had its sex organs removed and that is raised for meat

  • : a selfish or greedy person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hog

plural

hogs

also

hog

  1. 1 :  a domestic swine especially when weighing more than 120 pounds (54 kilograms); broadly :  any of various wild and domestic swine

  2. 2 usually hogg British :  a young unshorn sheep; also :  wool from such a sheep

  3. 3 a :  a selfish, gluttonous, or filthy person b :  one that uses something to excess <old cars that are gas hogs>

Examples of hog in a sentence

  1. Don't be such a hog! Other people have to eat too!

  2. The new software is a real memory hog.



Origin and Etymology of hog

Middle English hogge, from Old English hogg


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mammals Terms


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hog

verb

Simple Definition of hog

  • : to take, keep, or use (something) in a way that prevents other people or things from having or using it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hog

hogged

hogging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut (a horse's mane) short :  roach

  3. 2 :  to cause to arch

  4. 3 :  to take in excess of one's due <hog the credit>

  5. 4 :  to tear up or shred (as waste wood) into bits by machine

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become curved upward in the middle —used of a ship's bottom or keel

Examples of hog in a sentence

  1. He's been hogging the remote control all night.



1769

First Known Use of hog

1769

Rhymes with hog



HOG Defined for Kids

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hog

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noun \ˈhȯg, ˈhäg\

Definition of hog for Students

  1. 1 :  a usually large adult pig

  2. 2 :  a greedy or dirty person




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hog

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verb

Definition of hog for Students

hogged

hogging

  1. :  to take or use in a way that keeps others from having or using <Stop hogging the ball.>





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