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

Definition of hotdog

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

hot dog

\ ˈhät-ˌdȯg How to pronounce hot dog (audio) \

Definition of hot dog (Entry 2 of 3)

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

hot dog

\ ˈhät-ˈdȯg How to pronounce hot dog (audio) \

Definition of hot dog (Entry 3 of 3)

used to express approval or gratification

Other Words from hotdog


hotdogger \ ˈhät-​ˌdȯ-​gər How to pronounce hot dog (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for hotdog

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Interjection

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Why Hotdog Is More Than a Food

The verb hotdog first appeared in the latter half of the 20th century, and it was adopted from the use of the noun hot dog for someone who is very good at something. The noun was popularized around the turn of the 19th century along with the interjection hot dog to express approval or gratification. In time, the noun became mainly associated with people who showed off their skills in sports, from basketball to skiing, and the verb form came to be used for the spectacular acts of these show-offs. (As a side tidbit to chew on, the word for the frankfurter that might be eaten while watching athletes perform was also on the menu in the late 19th century.)

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!”

First Known Use of hotdog


1963, in the meaning defined above


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hotdog


hot dog entry 2

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“Hotdog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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hot dog

\ ˈhät-ˌdȯg How to pronounce hot dog (audio) \

Kids Definition of hot dog

: a frankfurter cooked and then served in a long split roll


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