\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An energy crisis is no time to be an electricity hog. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2022 Seaboard is situated down the road from Seaboard Feeders, a hog farm, and Overpass sits next to a highway. Michael Holtz, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 The plan was to break ground on a hog farm with Darryl’s family. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2022 Shortly afterward, in 2012, Arkansas granted a permit for a new hog farm, which soon opened along one of the Buffalo River’s tributaries. Bruce Upholt, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a long-standing precedent that allowed landowners to sue for damages when a neighboring hog farm causes water pollution or odor problems that affect quality of life. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 July 2022 Over a third of hogs are raised in Iowa, followed by North Carolina, whose hog operations are concentrated in Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities with high rates of poverty. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 29 June 2022 If the disease makes its way into hog farms, pigs raised for meat will have to be culled as well. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 17 July 2022 Activist Jerry Rubin tried to nominate a pig for president and then speak on the hog’s behalf. Steve Marbleobituaries Editor, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Shy Sally Holt grew up watching her beautiful older sister Kathy hog the spotlight with ease – and with jealousy as Kathy landed dreamy high school senior Billy Barnes. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 14 May 2022 On Monday, no doubt Shenae will try to hog the spotlight some more, either by trying to apologize and/or justify her shenanigans. oregonlive, 7 Mar. 2022 Carl Icahn are pressing fast-food giants like McDonald’s Corp. , meatpacking companies and hog farmers like Mr. Deahr to provide pregnant hogs more space. Patrick Thomas And Heather Haddon, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2022 As the men toiled with the huge swine, a small but growing group of visitors arrived, some of whom grew up going to hog slaughters in their own communities and some who were attending their first. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Rather than try to hog the spotlight or fall back on formula, the firm astutely figured out how to fortify an already great ensemble. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 15 Dec. 2021 Toy Run organizers usually have permission to hog the road for charity, with police escorts shutting down highways for a few hours until the long line of motorcycles passes by. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Dec. 2021 Hankey was accused of trying to hog the proceeds of a low-ball auction, which would then put it into a position to take ownership of and resell the property at a higher price. Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Far removed from the times when Chicago was an industrial and manufacturing powerhouse and hog butcher to the world, Black Americans no longer arrive in the city with dreams of finding work. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for hog


\ 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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