\ 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


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 Half of North America’s total wild hog population is in Texas, costing approximately $52 million in agricultural damages annually. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 13 July 2021 Experts estimate that since 2018 as many as 300 million pigs, the equivalent of 25% of the global hog population, have died or were culled in China owing to ASF outbreaks. Fortune, 3 July 2021 Also, any person who lives in, or visits, rural Arkansas understands the feral hog problem. Arkansas Online, 2 July 2021 In the major motion picture, Lloyd traded Harry's van for the hog (straight up) and claimed to be able to get 70 mpg with the mini bike. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2021 These come from high on the backside of the hog and are closest to the tenderloin. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 4 July 2021 Bullock would give us sausage each winter after killing the first hog of the season. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 3 July 2021 Goldman Sachs estimated that at current hog prices, all producers, especially the smaller ones, are already struggling to make money. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 24 June 2021 In fact, the digital currency is quite the energy hog. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 23 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even if James decided to hog the ball, the Lakers still may have lost. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Some attribute the contamination to hog pens in the community, but the cause is still unknown. Mariana Rivas, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Viewed this way, a phantom pregnancy is neither empathy pain for a partner nor a subconscious attempt to hog the familial spotlight, but a physical surfacing of the dissonance between what a modern dad experiences and what society expects of him. Ariel Ramchandani, The Atlantic, 3 June 2021 That’s not to be taken for granted in the pizza world, where the trinity of bread, sauce and cheese tend to hog all the attention. al, 11 May 2021 That friend would never shout over you, selfishly hog the limelight or drink the last of the wine. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2021 That means Matarrita, who was brought in to start at left back and surely will by the start of the season, won't be around to hog any minutes and Flanagan will be left to fend off his direct competitors. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 27 Mar. 2021 Yellowstone is home to more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, including fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs, in addition to several noisy geysers that hog most of the attention. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Mar. 2021 But one thing responsive software design does not do is hog your precious storage space. Mike Kappel, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hog


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


1769, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hog


Middle English hogge, from Old English hogg

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“Hog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hog. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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



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


\ 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


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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