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hog

noun \ ˈhȯg , ˈhäg \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of hog

plural hogs also hog
1 a :a domesticated swine especially when weighing more than 120 pounds (54 kilograms) — compare pig 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
3 a :a selfish, gluttonous, or filthy person
b :one that uses something to excess
  • old cars that are gas hogs

Examples of hog in a Sentence

  1. Don't be such a hog! Other people have to eat too!

  2. The new software is a real memory hog.

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Origin and Etymology of hog

Middle English hogge, from Old English hogg

hog Synonyms

Other Mammals Terms


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hog

verb

Definition of hog

hogged; hogging
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

Examples of hog in a Sentence

  1. He's been hogging the remote control all night.

Recent Examples of hog from the Web

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First Known Use of hog

1769



HOG Defined for English Language Learners

hog

noun

Definition of hog for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of hog for English Language Learners

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


HOG Defined for Kids

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hog

noun \ ˈhȯg , ˈhäg \

Definition of hog for Students

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

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hog

verb

Definition of hog for Students

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


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