Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Pennsylvania & New Jersey See submarine. See Regional Note at submarine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sandwich made on a (usually soft) long Italian roll.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a large sandwich on a long crusty roll that is split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the U. S., such as hero, grinder, and submarine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

Etymologies

Alteration of hoggy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Common term in the Philadelphia area. Reportedly derived from a term for Italian immigrants who worked at the Hog Island ship yards (Hoggies) in the Delaware River during World War I, who packed such sandwiches for lunch. It was basically an antipasto on a roll. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A hoagie is a sandwich -- or as Sinatra would have called it, 'a sangwich '-- made with fresh, thinly sliced lunch meats and provolone cheese on an Italian roll, stuffed with pickles, hot peppers and just anything else edible that could be found behind the counter.

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  • Exploring the world of big, economical sandwiches that had legendary origins - the "hoagie"

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  • The Sandwich Hunter should do well against Philadelphia - where the term "hoagie" originated.

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  • While the exact origin of the multimeat Italian sandwich (grinder, hero, sub, et al.) is debatable, it seems the "hoagie" originated in South Philly.

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  • His nose was the size of a hoagie bread, his mouth — his lips — those of a donkey's.

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  • Move from a whole bagel to a bialy or English muffin, from a sub, hoagie, or plain roll to sliced bread.

    The Small Change Diet

  • If you order a sandwich on bread with a doughy inside including bagels, long steak or hoagie rolls, and plain hard or soft rolls, ask to have the inside scooped out before the filling is added.

    The Small Change Diet

  • According to their web site, it's a "hot dog stuffed inside a bratwurst, stuffed inside a kielbasa, topped with sauerkraut and mustard, and served on a hoagie roll."

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  • Serve over polenta, or with penne pasta, or load up in a hoagie roll.

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  • Mark offers to go get me a hoagie for lunch and I give him a few dollars.

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