hoa·​gie ˈhō-gē How to pronounce hoagie (audio)
variants or less commonly hoagy
plural hoagies
: a large sandwich on a long split roll with any of a variety of fillings : a submarine sandwich (see submarine entry 2 sense 2)
A traveler from New Orleans, accustomed to ordering a poor boy for lunch, still must order a grinder in Upstate New York to get a sandwich on a long hard roll. In Boston it is called submarine, but in Philadelphia the sandwich is a hoagieAnn Himmelberger Wald
Hoagie is the name given to the sandwich in Philadelphia. Hoagie is common throughout Pennsylvania and much of southern New Jersey.William Grimes
A steak hoagie was even better. The thin-sliced meat was tender, the bun soft and fresh, the provolone properly melted, all the innards in adequate helpings and the dressing unusually tasty …Pete Bishop

Examples of hoagie in a Sentence

She had a meatball hoagie for lunch. had a steak-and-cheese hoagie for the first time in Philadelphia
Recent Examples on the Web Try these with traditional or split-top hot dog buns, or hoagie rolls. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Oct. 2023 The café's menu will feature a hoagie that rotates weekly. Michael Alberty | , oregonlive, 20 June 2023 At local brewery Chilly Water Tap Room, Hoosiers can get authentic Pennsylvania hoagies and cheesesteaks from partnering shop Hoagies and Hops. Miranda Jeyaretnam, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Aug. 2023 All Wawa hoagies are made fresh to order and are fully customizable. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 12 July 2023 The hoagie haven achieved record-setting sales and increased its sandwich selection from 12 to 18 options. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 7 July 2023 Tightly orchestrated, too: There was no chowing of hoagies or cozying up to bikers at diners. Nicholas Nehamas, New York Times, 3 June 2023 This New Orleans-style hoagie is packed with a variety of cheeses and deli meats, then topped with an olive salad. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 4 Aug. 2023 East coast gas station chain Wawa, known for its hoagie sandwiches, has already signed on, along with a Crew Car Wash. The development connects to the Midland Trace, which leads to the Monon Trail to the west and will connect to downtown Noblesville to the east. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'hoagie.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoagie was in 1943

Dictionary Entries Near hoagie

Cite this Entry

“Hoagie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoagie. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


hoa·​gie ˈhō-gē How to pronounce hoagie (audio)
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!