1 of 3


: committed without reservation : thoroughgoing
a whole-hog patriot

whole hog

2 of 3


: the whole way or farthest limit
usually used adverbially in the phrase go the whole hog

whole hog

3 of 3


: to the fullest extent : without reservation : completely
accepting whole hog the standards … of the majorityR. B. Kaplan

Examples of whole-hog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History

First Known Use


1829, in the meaning defined above


1825, in the meaning defined above


1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whole-hog was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Whole-hog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole-hog. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

whole hog

1 of 2 noun
: the whole way or farthest limit : all
go the whole hog and invite all your friends

whole hog

2 of 2 adverb
: to the fullest extent : completely
accepted whole hog their explanation of events
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