hang·​dog | \ ˈhaŋ-ˌdȯg How to pronounce hangdog (audio) \

Definition of hangdog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : sad, dejected
2 : sheepish



Definition of hangdog (Entry 2 of 2)

: a despicable or miserable person

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Examples of hangdog in a Sentence


He came home with a hangdog expression on his face. “Why do you look so hangdog today?” she asked

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nobody knew, least of all Florentino Perez, whose baggy face was more hangdog than ever on Thursday. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Real Madrid Ushered Into Sudden Chaos After Zidane's Resignation," 31 May 2018 But who is the balding man with the hangdog expression, who now appears to be the most influential North Korean outside the Kim clan? Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "Who Is Kim Yong Chol? Meet Kim Jong Un's Ever-Present Right-Hand Man," 28 May 2018 Rhys has an incredible variety of hangdog expressions. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is The Americans a Good Show, or a Great One? The Next 2 Weeks Will Settle the Question," 18 May 2018 Mueller — the 73-year-old former FBI director with a hangdog visage and rigid bearing — looms over the investigation but is an intermittent presence in the windowless room in the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse. chicagotribune.com, "'Buckle up': As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing," 14 May 2018 His normally hangdog expression would suddenly disappear behind a huge toothy grin. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "Shandling a little less elusive, but even greater genius in Apatow documentary," 22 Mar. 2018 Heads up, no hangdog Center Dwight Howard correctly observed the Hornets were hanging their heads when things got tough lately. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Fearless predictions: Old-school DeMar DeRozan leads Raptors into road game vs. Hornets," 19 Dec. 2017 That great hangdog Scoot McNairy plays a former sharpshooter sheriff who’s losing his eyesight, while little Thomas Brodie-Sangster, mostly grown up, is his cocksure but sweet deputy. That’s a bunch of guys! Joanna Robinson, HWD, "The Best New TV Shows of 2017," 7 Dec. 2017 With his hangdog, morose visage and faced etched with crevices, Stanton was known for playing characters of innate sadness or darkness. Chris Malone, Billboard, "Harry Dean Stanton, Quintessential American Actor, Dies at 91," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hangdog


1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1687, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hangdog was in 1677

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English Language Learners Definition of hangdog

: sad or depressed

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