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

Fontana’s style was the opposite of the competitive, innovative ball-hogs of future decades such as the Who’s Moon, Rush’s Neil Peart and the Police’s Stewart Copeland. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana set the beat for rock 'n' roll's future," 15 June 2018 Mary Ann talks about key ingredients between courses, and a farm tour is likely during good weather. The Bellazzinis raise heritage-breed hogs and sheep, Jersey cows, heirloom fruits and veggies. Mary Bergin, chicagotribune.com, "Chow down on the farm this summer at special dinners in America's Dairyland," 9 July 2018 Baby back ribs These come from high on the back side of the hog and are closest to the tenderloin. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to buy and choose ribs," 1 July 2018 Trump appears not to understand that motorcycles that will be sold in America are still going to be built in America: More importantly for the most popular maker of American hogs, this is really the icing on a really terrible, awful cake. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "As Harley Davidson moves some manufacturing overseas, have Trump's trade wars started hitting home?," 26 June 2018 Out Walking the Dogs Bexar County game wardens recently filed multiple cases on two men from Frio County and a San Antonio man who were hunting hogs with dogs on City of San Antonio park property in the southwestern part of the county. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Game warden field notes: Up on the rooftop mule deer paws," 12 Jan. 2018 Crabtree could be a target hog in Baltimore, as well, putting another eight-touchdown season firmly in his sights. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2018: The Boring All-Star Team," 10 July 2018 These days, big projects like Ford’s Michigan Central Station and the Hudson's skyscraper hog most of the publicity. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Eco Homes adds single-family homes in Detroit's Midtown," 29 June 2018 Any attempt, no matter how deferential and friendly, to educate the ramp hogs of their transgressions and how to prevent them is likely to be met with harsh stares. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

George reportedly has agreed to a four-year, $137-million contract to stay on a team run by ball-hogging Russell Westbrook in a city far, far from home. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Lakers still have big targets in sight: They must land LeBron James and trade for Kawhi Leonard," 30 June 2018 Look no further than Slack, which is a RAM-hogging goliath on the Mac but runs sweetly and smoothly on the iPad. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Bringing iOS apps to the Mac, on macOS’s terms," 7 June 2018 From the world of finance to the technology industry, men tend to hog the high-profile speaking gigs, dropping their wisdom on topics ranging from cryptocurrencies to gynecology. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Dude, you have an all-male conference. Time to make room for women.," 8 Mar. 2018 Anderson is a clear upgrade from Stewart, and even with Christian McCaffrey hogging all the pass-catching production out of Carolina’s backfield, Anderson should be more productive in the Stewart role from a year ago. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2018: The Boring All-Star Team," 10 July 2018 More good-natured ribbing of jazz singer Sharon Gitau for hogging the phone, please! Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "When ‘The Real World’ Gave Up on Reality," 6 June 2018 This step can clear out frozen apps that can be hogging your memory. 2. Kim Komando, Fox News, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 5 May 2018 At just 43 years of age, Lopez should be confident of hogging more industry prizes in the years ahead. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Oscars 2018: Robert Lopez Is The First Double EGOT Winner," 5 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, back in Lotto’s native Venice, a younger upstart named Titian would soon hog the limelight, moving the artistic center of Italy northward but leaving little room for the likes of the returning Lotto. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Modern Portraitist, Ahead of His Time," 6 July 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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More Definitions for hog

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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