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

  • n. Any of various mammals of the family Suidae, which includes the domesticated pig as well as wild species, such as the boar and the wart hog.
  • n. A domesticated pig, especially one weighing over 54 kilograms (120 pounds).
  • n. A self-indulgent, gluttonous, or filthy person.
  • n. One that uses too much of something.
  • n. Chiefly British A young sheep before it has been shorn.
  • n. The wool from this type of sheep.
  • n. Slang A big, heavy motorcycle.
  • transitive v. Informal To take more than one's share of: Don't hog the couch.
  • transitive v. To cause (the back) to arch like that of a hog.
  • transitive v. To cut (a horse's mane) short and bristly.
  • transitive v. To shred (waste wood, for example) by machine.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To arch upward in the middle. Used of a ship's keel.
  • idiom on Slang In a lavish or extravagant manner: lived high on the hog after getting his inheritance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any animal belonging to the Suidae family of mammals, especially the pig, the wart hog, and the boar.
  • n. A greedy person; one who refuses to share.
  • n. A large motorcycle, particularly a Harley-Davidson.
  • v. To greedily take more than one's share, to take precedence at the expense of another or others.
  • v. To clip the mane of a horse, making it short and bristly.
  • v. To cause the keel of a ship to arch upwards (the opposite of sag).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A mean, filthy, or gluttonous fellow.
  • n. A young sheep that has not been shorn.
  • n. A rough, flat scrubbing broom for scrubbing a ship's bottom under water.
  • n. A device for mixing and stirring the pulp of which paper is made.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To cut short like bristles.
  • transitive v. To scrub with a hog, or scrubbing broom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut (the hair) short: as, to hog a horse's mane.
  • To scrape (a ship's bottom) under water.
  • To carry on the back.
  • To droop at both ends, so as to resemble in some degree a hog's back in outline: said of the bottom of a ship when in this condition either through faulty construction or from accident.
  • In the manège, to hold or carry the head down, like a hog.
  • In curling, to play, as a stone, with so little force that it does not clear the hog-score.
  • To act as greedily and as selfishly as a hog in regard to (something); take more than one's share of; appropriate selfishly.
  • n. A gelded pig; a barrow-pig.
  • n. An omnivorous non-ruminant mammal of the family Suidœ, suborder Artiodactyla, and order Ungulata; a pig, sow, or boar; a swine.
  • n. Some animal like or likened to a hog, not of the family Suidœ. See wart-hog, Phacochœrus, peccary, and Dicotyles.
  • n. A sheep shorn in the first year, or just after the first year; a young sheep.
  • n. A young colt.
  • n. A bullock a year old.
  • n. One who has the characteristics of the hog; a mean, stingy, grasping, gluttonous, or filthy person.
  • n. Nautical, a sort of scrubbing- broom for scraping a ship's bottom under water.
  • n. A stirrer or agitator in the pulp-vat of a paper-making plant.
  • n. A shilling, or perhaps a sixpence.
  • n. In the game of curling, a stone which does not go over the hog-score; also, the hog-score itself.
  • n. A small locomotive used for hauling cars about mines; a hogback locomotive.
  • n. A machine for grinding logs.
  • n. In shipbuilding, the condition of being hogged: generally used quantitatively with reference to the amount of deflection from the normal condition. See hog, intransitive verb, 1.

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

  • n. a person regarded as greedy and pig-like
  • n. a sheep up to the age of one year; one yet to be sheared
  • v. take greedily; take more than one's share
  • n. domestic swine


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

Middle English, from Old English hogg, possibly of Celtic origin; see sū- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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  • cerdo

    September 30, 2013

  • See hoggerel.

    Scots hog-ham: hung mutton of a year-old sheep that has died of disease, or been smothered in the snow; hog and tatoe: braxy mutton stewed with potatoes, onion, salt, pepper, &c., for farm-servants. --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 20, 2011

  • You find me cold, unfeeling, selfish, don't you? Very well, be off with you to the sort of people you like. Marry some sentimental hog or other with lots of money, and a thick pair of lips to kiss you with and a thick pair of boots to kick you with.

    -Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw

    August 3, 2009

  • WeirdNet puts the 'person regarded as greedy and pig-like' at the top, but then references sheep before it gets to the actual pig.

    May 22, 2008