hotdog

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verb hot·dog \ˈhät-ˌdȯg\

Definition of hotdog

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to perform in a conspicuous or often ostentatious manner; especially :  to perform fancy stunts and maneuvers (as while surfing or skiing)

hotdogger

play \ˈhät-ˌdȯ-gər\ noun

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Examples of hotdog in a Sentence

  1. His opponents have accused him of hotdogging after he scores a touchdown.

  2. a skier who couldn't resist the urge to hotdog on the slopes whenever he wanted to impress a girl

Why hotdog is More Than a Food

The verb hotdog first appeared in the 1960s as slang for surfing with fast turns and quick movements. Surfers adopted it from the use of the noun hot dog for someone who is very good at something, which 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 is believed to have been first used by college students. That hot dog was current at Yale in 1895.)

Origin and Etymology of hotdog

2hot dog


HOTDOG Defined for English Language Learners

hotdog

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verb

Definition of hotdog for English Language Learners

  • : to perform or play in a way that is meant to attract attention



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