hog

noun
\ ˈhȯg, ˈhäg\
plural hogs also hog

Definition of hog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a domesticated swine especially when weighing more than 120 pounds (54 kilograms) — compare pig sense 1a
b : any of various animals related to the domesticated swine
2 usually hogg, British : a young unshorn sheep also : wool from such a sheep
3a : a selfish, gluttonous, or filthy person
b : one that uses something to excess old cars that are gas hogs

hog

verb
hogged; hogging

Definition of hog (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cut (a horse's mane) short : roach
2 : to cause to arch
3 : to take in excess of one's due hog the credit
4 : to tear up or shred (some material, such as waste wood) into bits by machine

intransitive verb

: to become curved upward in the middle used of a ship's bottom or keel

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Examples of hog in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

He's been hogging the remote control all night.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Millions of chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed due to floodwaters. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "North Carolina dam at retired power plant breaches, may release coal ash into river," 21 Sep. 2018 But at this fair, overpaying for hogs raised by hobbyist farmers is the point. New York Times, "Trade Politics Comes to the County Fair," 9 July 2018 The number of pigs culled so far has been a small part of China’s pig population, but pork prices in China have been volatile because authorities have banned the transportation of live hogs, said Rabobank analysts in a note. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Pork Producers Are Hog Wild About the U.S.-China Trade Truce," 3 Dec. 2018 Well, instead of hopping on the back of Lou’s hog, Debbie was, sigh, visiting her brother—the now deceased Danny Ocean (George Clooney)—at his gravesite. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Ocean’s 8: The Agony and Ecstasy of All That Unresolved Sexual Tension," 8 June 2018 In the past few weeks, the value of hogs has declined by about $20 a head on the commodities market, said Duncan, who also grows corn and soybeans on about 4,000 acres in Polo, Ill., about 115 miles west of Chicago. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois pork farmer on Chinese tariffs: 'Our worst fears seem to be coming true'," 2 Apr. 2018 North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms," 17 Sep. 2018 The open-air holding ponds present a risk of contaminating groundwater with manure stored on the state’s 2,100 hog farms. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Florence Pushes Some North Carolina Dams to the Brink," 17 Sep. 2018 In the first game, however, there was an achievement for hog-tying a woman and watching her get run over by a train. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "YouTube reverses ban for streamer who killed Red Dead 2 feminist," 8 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These systems can only exist in such absurd detail because the game requires no art assets, no modeling, no animation to hog the computer power. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can't Beat It, Code It," 17 Dec. 2018 Bloated state enterprises already hog most of the bank lending, while productive private firms are starved for cash. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "The China 2025 Bugaboo," 13 Dec. 2018 This also greatly mitigates the problem of extremely long-range, low-throughput devices that nevertheless end up hogging all the airtime because their QAM rate is so low, or their error-and-retry rate so high. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Downloading the newest Wi-Fi protocols: 802.11ax and 802.11ay explained," 27 Nov. 2018 At ten years old, Chrome has picked up some bad habits like hogging RAM or logging in users without their permission. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Year Ago I Ditched Chrome For Vivaldi and Never Looked Back," 26 Sep. 2018 In other words, our brains are pretty simple: the smaller screen means the colorful apps and notifications so carefully designed to hog your eyeball all day and night are not as fun to look at. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The only thing that can protect you from your gadgets is more gadgets.," 15 Oct. 2018 Photo: John Deere In person, the Waterloo Boy is a shockingly skeletal piece of iron-hogging and hammering, the engineering equivalent of haiku. Dan Neil, WSJ, "100 Years of John Deere: How Its Waterloo Boy Tractor Changed America," 7 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, people like him and his wife and their colleagues are hogging all of the opportunity. Hope Reese, Vox, "Gary Shteyngart on his new book, which explores the self-delusion of Wall Street bankers," 5 Sep. 2018 Whatever the reason, while McIlroy and Thomas and Reed and Tiger and Mickelson and Spieth hogged the headlines, Dustin just kept going about his business and picking up top-20s with his B- or C- game. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: On Slow Play, 'Backstopping" and Offbeat U.S. Open Storylines," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of hog

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1769, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hog

Noun

Middle English hogge, from Old English hogg

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hog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a pig

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

: a selfish or greedy person

hog

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hog (Entry 2 of 2)

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

hog

noun
\ ˈhȯg, ˈhäg\

Kids Definition of hog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually large adult pig
2 : a greedy or dirty person

hog

verb
hogged; hogging

Kids Definition of hog (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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