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 The company and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue say the bailout funds JBS received are helping American farmers because the company buys its hogs from them. BostonGlobe.com, "But not all beneficiaries of the taxpayer-funded program are American farmers or patriots. JBS, a Brazilian company that is the largest meat producer in the world, has received $78 million in government pork contracts funded with the bailout funds — more than any other US pork producer.," 6 Nov. 2019 African swine fever has killed millions of hogs in China and elsewhere in Asia, sparking the need for more imports. Bloomberg News, cleveland, "Bacon addicts, beware: Top pork producer warns of shortages," 9 Oct. 2019 It was caused by an African swine fever epidemic that has swept the nation and wiped out millions of hogs. Los Angeles Times, "China going big with military parade for its 70th anniversary," 24 Sep. 2019 The increase in hog prices has lead to other meat-price increases, and will increase vegetable prices after some time. Fortune, "Why an Internet Meme Showing a Pork Necklace Is a Nightmare for Chinese Economic Officials," 10 Sep. 2019 China’s heft as a soybean purchaser—acquiring roughly one-third of U.S. production to feed its hogs, among other uses—has pushed U.S. soybean prices sharply lower after China implemented tariffs in July. WSJ, "Sonny Perdue: U.S. Won’t Back Down on Milk Demand From Canada," 27 Sep. 2018 Despite lacking our own hogs, we were welcomed quite heartily at the latter. Ted Cox, Chicago Reader, "Leave the flatlands behind in Savanna and Galena, along the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi," 30 May 2018 Chinese authorities have also asked local governments to free up money that could be used for artificial insemination technology, a way to encourage farmers and producers to breed more hogs. CNN, "China will release 10,000 tons of pork from its national reserves," 17 Sep. 2019 But in China, a basic knowledge of hog-breeding cycles is part of the job. The Economist, "Soaring pork prices hog headlines and sow discontent in China," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There is nothing new, of course, about villains hogging the spotlight. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Villains Hog the Spotlight in “The Laundromat”," 20 Sep. 2019 This is a major statement opportunity for the Owls, going up against the Group of 5 Florida team that has hogged the spotlight. Max Meyer, SI.com, "College Football Week 2 Best Bets: Home Underdogs Barking vs. Florida Powerhouses," 5 Sep. 2019 Here’s how to keep track of the applications that are hogging up precious space on your Android phone, make room for new apps, photos and other content, and even add more storage to your device. Nicole Carpenter, Time, "Here's How to Free Up Space On Your Android Phone," 7 Aug. 2019 This week's Talking Tech podcasts The 5 most memory hogging apps. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "You are being tracked. Deal with it.," 10 Feb. 2018 And then there is Chuck’s little sister, Silver (Rachel Bloom), a plucky engineer who quickly establishes herself as the brains of the outfit and who thus provides Red with a humbling lesson in not (ahem) hogging the glory. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 15 Aug. 2019 My boyfriend, who bakes quite a bit, started hogging them for measuring out small amounts of chocolate and sugar on his digital scale. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "Why I Can’t Live Without My Stainless Steel Bowls," 29 July 2019 His minions are a bunch of fellow ex-employees who complain about how Stark took credit for their work, ignored their best ideas and hogged the spotlight for himself. New York Times, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Is the Latest Iron Man Movie," 27 June 2019 But with the additions of Craig Kimbrel and Carlos Gonzalez in the last week, the Cubs have morphed into one of those legendary Yankees teams loaded with star power and hogging the national spotlight. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Craig Kimbrel is the latest addition to a star-studded cast of Cubs, reminiscent of Yankees teams past," 8 June 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for hog

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

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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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