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hot·​dog ˈhät-ˌdȯg How to pronounce hotdog (audio)
hotdogged; hotdogging; hotdogs

intransitive verb

: to perform in a conspicuous or often ostentatious manner
especially : to perform fancy stunts and maneuvers (as while surfing or skiing)
hotdogger noun

hot dog

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: frankfurter
especially : a frankfurter with a typically mild flavor that is heated and usually served in a long split roll
[perhaps from hot dog entry 2] : one that hotdogs
also : show-off

hot dog

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used to express approval or gratification

Examples of hotdog in a Sentence

Verb His opponents have accused him of hotdogging after he scores a touchdown. a skier who couldn't resist the urge to hotdog on the slopes whenever he wanted to impress a girl Noun The other players on the team don't like him because he's such a hot dog. Interjection Hot dog!” the child cried, “We're going to the circus!”
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



hot dog entry 2

First Known Use


1963, in the meaning defined above


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hotdog was in 1884


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Cite this Entry

“Hotdog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

hot dog

: frankfurter
especially : a cooked frankfurter served in a long split roll
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