noun \ˈhg, ˈhäg\

: a pig

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

: a selfish or greedy person

plural hogs also hog

Full Definition of HOG

:  a domestic swine especially when weighing more than 120 pounds (54 kilograms); broadly :  any of various wild and domestic swine
usually hogg British :  a young unshorn sheep; also :  wool from such a sheep
a :  a selfish, gluttonous, or filthy person
b :  one that uses something to excess <old cars that are gas hogs>

Examples of HOG

  1. Don't be such a hog! Other people have to eat too!
  2. The new software is a real memory hog.

Origin of HOG

Middle English hogge, from Old English hogg
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with HOG



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


Full Definition of HOG

transitive verb
:  to cut (a horse's mane) short :  roach
:  to cause to arch
:  to take in excess of one's due <hog the credit>
:  to tear up or shred (as waste wood) into bits by machine
intransitive verb
:  to become curved upward in the middle —used of a ship's bottom or keel

Examples of HOG

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

First Known Use of HOG



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Heavy, fat-producing domesticated pig developed in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century. As the growing use of cheaper vegetable oils decreased the importance of lard as a source of fat, meatpackers sought hogs yielding more lean meat and less fat, and breeders (mostly European) began crossbreeding programs to obtain lean meat and vigorous animals. Today the term hog is often used for any pig weighing more than 120 lbs (54 kg).


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