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

Two Ohio brothers earned thousands of dollars after putting their giant hog up for auction, but chose not to spend the money on video games, clothes or electronics. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Brothers Donate $11K to St. Jude’s Cancer Research After Auctioning Off Their 230-Pound Hog," 12 Aug. 2019 One worker has spent the last four years working on a hog farm, feeding the animals and cleaning pens. Ed Lavandera, CNN, "Beyond the border: Tracking America's hidden workforce," 12 July 2019 After a century of interbreeding, California's wild hogs now share features from both varieties of pigs. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Wild pigs cause millions in damages in California. But hunting them could become easier," 25 June 2018 China struck back with its own tariffs on $110 billion in American products, including agricultural commodities like soybeans and hogs. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "Fallout from U.S.-China trade war dominates Farmfest in southwestern Minnesota," 6 Aug. 2019 Vilsack said, according to two people present: Joe Maxwell, executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets, a populist advocacy group for farmers; and Chris Petersen, a hog farmer from Clear Lake, Iowa. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.," 5 June 2019 Mayle also said the hog gives him massage therapy to help him with his anxiety and depression, according to his lawsuit. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago man continues legal fight to bring his ‘emotional support’ pig to parks," 10 July 2019 Her eclectic chapters include the story of the Berkshire hog, an import that became wildly popular in Illinois in the late 19th century and tied local farmers to British standards of agriculture, science and taste. Carlos Lozada, Houston Chronicle, "Are we telling the right story of America?," 6 July 2019 My friend Adam's Samsung phone found Facebook as the biggest data hog, with 744 MB, followed by Google Chrome at 729 MB, Instagram with 622 MB, Chase bank with 515 MB and American Airlines at 506 MB. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "You're on vacation and you've run out of phone storage – what to do?," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After 35 editions of 90min's Definitive European Power Rankings, after watching Ajax, Manchester City, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund hog the top spot, Liverpool have FINALLY reached the summit. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Power Rankings: End of Season Review," 5 June 2019 In a small dining room, chairs can hog precious real estate. Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "There’s No Home Design Problem a Banquette Can’t Solve," 22 Jan. 2018 Much of the major transfer news on Deadline Day came from north London, with Arsenal and Tottenham hogging the headlines with their comings and goings. SI.com, "Andy Carroll: Why Re-Signing the Striker Might Just Work Out Perfectly for Newcastle," 9 Aug. 2019 In a next-level simulation of the running Harden-Westbrook ball-hogging memes, this NBA 2K edit depicts what would happen when both players see a buzzer-beater opportunity against the Warriors. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "James Harden and Russell Westbrook Fight Over Last Shot in Hilarious NBA 2K Edit," 28 July 2019 Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado and David Dahl have hogged the spotlight in recent weeks, but Wednesday night belonged to the two Irishmen — Ryan McMahon and Daniel Murphy. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ steamroller offense beats D-backs behind quality start from Jon Gray," 19 June 2019 For instance, in 2018, Savannah Phillips hogged the spotlight when she was seen teasing Prince George on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte Watch Trooping the Colour from a Buckingham Palace Window," 8 June 2019 Us elder millennials stayed up late hogging the family phone line, downloading N’Sync on Napster, and chatting on AOL Instant Messenger. Ankur Jain, Marie Claire, "Millennials Are Generation Broke—Here's How We Fix It," 21 May 2019 Most people seem to grasp that means not hogging the conversation, not shutting down others’ points of view and not getting offended if someone doesn’t agree with you. Christy Karras, The Seattle Times, "Pick a table, pick a topic, pick a cocktail — it’s time to pick people’s minds, civilly, at Drunken Philosophy," 29 Mar. 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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hog

noun

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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