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 In total, Xinhua, a media outlet, estimates hog stocks in China are now at 81% of pre-swine fever levels. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "One bright spot in U.S.-China relations? China’s enormous corn-buying spree," 31 July 2020 Additionally, the refuge will host two feral hog hunts and one spring turkey hunt in 2021. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Drawn hunts are worth the gamble this holiday weekend," 4 July 2020 Most-active lean hog futures traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange fell more than 7% Friday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its quarterly hogs and pigs report. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, "Hog Futures Sink as Supply Overhang Lingers," 30 June 2020 Helping drive demand is a protein gap after African swine fever decimated China’s hog herd. Fabiana Batista, Bloomberg.com, "Beef Is Becoming a Luxury for Millions in Brazil," 23 June 2020 Called Woofus, the statue is an amalgamation of six animals: head of a sheep, the mane of a stallion, the horns of a longhorn, the body of a hog, a turkey’s tail feathers and the wings of a duck. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Take our photo quiz to test your knowledge of North Texas sights," 18 June 2020 Dave Mensink, a hog farmer in southeastern Minnesota, estimates that the COVID-19 crisis is costing him between $22 to $26 per pig over the next 12 months, at current Chicago Mercantile Exchange prices. Jack Turman, CBS News, "COVID-19 exacts a high cost from Minnesota hog farmers," 9 June 2020 In this episode, Jones and Busch rendezvoused in northwest Texas, at a special place with a lot of history, to hunt the largely nocturnal wild hog. Fox News, "Join Nascar's Kurt Busch for a Texas bow hunt," 12 June 2020 Officers then allegedly beat Smith, hog-tied him, and left him strapped to a gurney. al, "Alabama prison guards allegedly beat, hog-tied, ignored inmate who later died: Secret report," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His numbers took a slight hit last year in the first year of Brown’s defense, but that’s probably more of an impact of missing a half against Kentucky and Mississippi State, along with Burns and Avery hogging their fair share of tackles. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "6 Louisville football players who could be picked in the 2021 NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2020 With neither a window to enjoy the view nor ready access to the aisle for lavatory runs, middle-seat flyers stew in misery, especially if their seatmates choose to spread out or hog an armrest. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus travel upside: More airlines banish the dreaded middle seat," 18 Apr. 2020 With Gobert hogging the middle, matchup issues were bound to happen, especially because Nance might need to pick up someone on the perimeter. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Larry Nance Jr.'s versatility needs assistance on defense when Cavaliers lack big man depth," 3 Mar. 2020 Now that Ohio’s casinos are closed, some people are attempting to hog his two lottery terminals and creating uncomfortable congestion at the front of his convenience store. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Ohio Lottery pandemonium in the midst of coronavirus pandemic: Phillip Morris," 22 Mar. 2020 Unlike rice and pasta, which often take the starring role in main courses, potatoes are relegated to the sidelines — usually as fluffy fleshed arm candy to some meaty protein hogging the limelight. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Got Potatoes and Tuna? You’re Most of the Way to Dinner," 20 Mar. 2020 My Facebook news feed is full of complaints about newcomers hogging all the treadmills and screwing up the arrangement of the free weight racks. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "Gyms jam-packed now — luckily, not for long," 17 Jan. 2020 But astronauts don’t have their toddlers or teenagers on the ISS with them hogging the Wi-Fi and interrupting meetings. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "How to Survive Pandemic Reentry," 27 Mar. 2020 While crop science has hogged the spotlight, Bayer increasingly needs to show a path forward for the pharmaceuticals division that in coming years will lose big sales as blockbusters Xarelto and Eylea come off patents. Tim Loh, Fortune, "Bayer says Roundup legal fiasco may force it to sell assets or borrow on bad terms," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for hog

Time Traveler

The first known use of hog was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hog. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for hog

hog

noun
How to pronounce hog (audio)

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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