hog

noun
\ ˈhȯg How to pronounce hog (audio) , 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

Florence killed 5,500 of North Carolina’s 8.9 million pigs and hogs, the state said. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Florence Flooding Hits North Carolina Hog Farms Hard," 19 Sep. 2018 North Carolina's Duplin and Sampson counties, just inland, sell more hogs and pigs than anywhere else in America. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "Closed ports, lost power: How storm could hurt area economy," 13 Sep. 2018 Florence's heavy rains could cause an environmental disaster if waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites wash into homes or threaten drinking water supplies. Fox News, "WHAT'S HAPPENING: Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast," 13 Sep. 2018 The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches’ brew of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 11 Sep. 2018 Try the hog house special soup with crispy pork skin, barbecue pork, pork feet and a brined egg. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 Pollution from hazardous waste is rampant, from coal ash to hog lagoon refuse. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Florence’s flooding continues," 19 Sep. 2018 Making authentic fried food at home is virtually impossible without a deep-fryer, a piece of machinery that's hard to set up, harder to clean, and a massive space hog. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Should You Get an Air Fryer? Here's What Food Bloggers and a Registered Dietitian Say," 31 Jan. 2019 Brian Rohrig’s hog farm outside Des Moines, Iowa, sometimes uses physical bushels made of aluminum to measure soybean meal before it is mixed into feed for the pigs. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "What Exactly Is a Bushel? The Question Turns People Into Basket Cases," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most people seem to grasp that means not hogging the conversation, not shutting down others’ points of view and not getting offended if someone doesn’t agree with you. Christy Karras, The Seattle Times, "Pick a table, pick a topic, pick a cocktail — it’s time to pick people’s minds, civilly, at Drunken Philosophy," 29 Mar. 2019 Vonn, who finished third, still hogged the limelight. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Stuhec spoils Vonn’s farewell party at skiing worlds," 10 Feb. 2019 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

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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)

chiefly US : a pig
British : 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)

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

hog

noun
\ ˈhȯg How to pronounce hog (audio) , 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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