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Meaning of hog by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old English hogg, hocg ( “hog” ), possibly from Old Norse hǫggva ( “to strike, chop, cut” ), from Proto-Germanic *hawwanan ( “to hew, forge” ), from Proto-Indo-European *kowə- ( “to beat, hew, forge” ). Cognate with Old High German houwan, Old Saxon hauwan, Old English hēawan ( English hew ). "Hog" originally meant a castrated male pig. ( Compare "hoggett" for a castrated male sheep. ) More at hew .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /hɒɡ/
    • ( US ) IPA: /hɑɡ/, /hɔːɡ/
    • Rhymes: -ɒɡ


    hog ( plural: hogs )

    1. Any animal belonging to the Suidae family of mammals, especially the pig, the wart hog, and the boar .
    2. A greedy person; one who refuses to share .
    3. ( slang ) A large motorcycle, particularly a Harley-Davidson .


    hog ( third-person singular simple present hogs present participle hogging, simple past and past participle hogged )

    1. ( transitive ) To greedily take more than one's share, to take precedence at the expense of another or others .
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    2. ( transitive ) To clip the mane of a horse, making it short and bristly .
    3. ( transitive, nautical ) To cause the keel of a ship to arch upwards ( the opposite of sag ) .

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Explanation of hog by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. take greedily

    1. domestic swine

    2. a sheep up to the age of one year

    3. a person regarded as greedy and pig-like

    Definition of hog by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Hog ( hŏg ), n. [Prob. akin to E. hack to cut, and meaning orig., a castrated boar; cf. also W. hwch swine, sow, Armor. houc'h, hoc'h. Cf. Haggis, Hogget, and Hoggerel.]
      1. ( Zool. ) A quadruped of the genus Sus, and allied genera of Suidæ; esp., the domesticated varieties of Sus scrofa, kept for their fat and meat, called, respectively, lard and pork; swine; porker; specifically, a castrated boar; a barrow.

      ☞ The domestic hogs of Siam, China, and parts of Southern Europe, are thought to have been derived from Sus Indicus.

      2. A mean, filthy, or gluttonous fellow. [Low.]

      3. A young sheep that has not been shorn. [Eng.]

      4. ( Naut. ) A rough, flat scrubbing broom for scrubbing a ship's bottom under water. Totten.

      5. ( Paper Manuf. ) A device for mixing and stirring the pulp of which paper is made.

      Bush hog, Ground hog, etc.. See under Bush, Ground, etc. -- Hog caterpillar ( Zool. ), the larva of the green grapevine sphinx; -- so called because the head and first three segments are much smaller than those behind them, so as to make a resemblance to a hog's snout. See Hawk moth. -- Hog cholera, an epidemic contagious fever of swine, attended by liquid, fetid, diarrhea, and by the appearance on the skin and mucous membrane of spots and patches of a scarlet, purple, or black color. It is fatal in from one to six days, or ends in a slow, uncertain recovery. Law ( Farmer's Veter. Adviser. ) -- Hog deer ( Zool. ), the axis deer. -- Hog gum ( Bot. ), West Indian tree ( Symphonia globulifera ), yielding an aromatic gum. -- Hog of wool, the trade name for the fleece or wool of sheep of the second year. -- Hog peanut ( Bot. ), a kind of earth pea. -- Hog plum ( Bot. ), a tropical tree, of the genus Spondias ( Spondias lutea ), with fruit somewhat resembling plums, but chiefly eaten by hogs. It is found in the West
      Indies. -- Hog's bean ( Bot. ), the plant henbane. -- Hog's bread.( Bot. ) See Sow bread. -- Hog's fennel. ( Bot. ) See under Fennel. -- Mexican hog ( Zool. ), the peccary. -- Water hog. ( Zool. ) See Capybara.

    2. Hog, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hogged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hogging.]
      1. To cut short like bristles; as, “to hog the mane of a horse”. Smart.

      2. ( Naut. ) To scrub with a hog, or scrubbing broom.

    3. Hog, v. i. ( Naut. ) To become bent upward in the middle, like a hog's back; -- said of a ship broken or strained so as to have this form.