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 Passage of the measure would be a win for residents in the small central Utah county who have raised concerns in recent months about the water contamination, odors and decreased property values that often accompany hog farm projects. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah County voters shoot down change of government idea, Kaysville fiber vote too close to call," 4 Nov. 2020 Farmers’ per-pig returns dropped about $40 from July to August 2018, according to Iowa State University estimates, and producers ended the year losing about $10 a hog. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Farmers Stick With Trump, Despite Trade-War Pain," 19 Oct. 2020 Barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, kabobs, cookies, chips, fried gator, corn dogs, roasted hog, slaw, snow cones. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Everything we’ll miss most about tailgating at Alabama in 2020," 2 Oct. 2020 The loss of restaurant sales and outbreaks that shut down slaughterhouses devastated hog and cattle producers. Mike Dorning, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Rural Edge Shrinks With Enthusiasm Fading in Key States," 25 Oct. 2020 But then a growing interest in cowboy-action shooting, the introduction of Hornady’s innovative Leverevolution ammunition, the rise of hog hunting, and the expansion of deer hunting opportunities for straight-walled cartridges changed that. John B. Snow, Field & Stream, "10 Modern Classic Deer Hunting Rifles," 1 Oct. 2020 Prestage’s hog business is on track to lose money for a third straight year, Mr. Prestage said. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Farmers Stick With Trump, Despite Trade-War Pain," 19 Oct. 2020 The married father of two managed the Mullis' hog operation. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, "A woman is impaled by a corn rake – but do her fatal injuries add up to murder?," 26 Sep. 2020 Corn and soybean prices are both up by about a fifth since early August and the hog rally has been even more pronounced. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Farm prices rally on Chinese demand, disaster in Iowa," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The practice was established by a law called the People’s Ordinance in 1919, when trash was valuable to hog farmers. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Frustrated San Diegans report missed trash collections amid pandemic," 15 Nov. 2020 The curse of the character actor is to mostly go under appreciated while the bigger stars hog the spotlight. Esther Zuckerman, Town & Country, "How Stanley Tucci Became the Internet's Boyfriend," 11 Nov. 2020 While the presidential race has a tendency to hog the spotlight, there’s plenty more at stake every election year. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: Wisconsin’s Elections Commission, Drop Boxes, Absentee Voting and More," 30 Oct. 2020 In a small dining area, chairs can hog precious real estate. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "11 Beautiful Dining Rooms and Breakfast Nooks to Get Inspired By," 16 Oct. 2020 George Kittle could return and hog most of the targets. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Fantasy football waiver wire for Week 3: Grab Jonnu Smith if you still can, Jordan Reed if you can’t and also ... Mitch Trubisky," 21 Sep. 2020 President Trump needs to use his party convention to heap pressure and headlines on his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, while resisting the temptation to hog the spotlight, according to Republican strategists and allies. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Republicans urge Trump to make the convention all about Biden," 24 Aug. 2020 According to Jammi, this was part of a long pattern of behavior in which Rivitz tried to hog credit for Sleeping Giants and keep Jammi from being identified as an equal partner in the press. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "She Helped Wreck the News Business. Here’s Her Plan to Fix It," 13 Aug. 2020 When recounting the ups and downs of war, guns and guts tend to hog all the glory. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Orleans Museum Spotlights World War II Soldiers’ Love Letters," 18 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

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hog. Accessed 25 Nov. 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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