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hangdog ‎(plural hangdogs)

  1. A base, degraded person; a sneak; a gallows bird.


hangdog ‎(not comparable)

  1. Low; sneaking; ashamed.
    • ?, Thackeray
      The poor colonel went out of the room with a hangdog look.
    • 1951, Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1974 Panther Books Ltd publication), part V: “The Merchant Princes”, chapter 16, page 180, ¶ 6
      Asper Argo, the Well-Beloved, Commdor of the Korellian Republic greeted his wife’s entry by a hangdog lowering of his scanty eyebrows. To her at least, his self-adopted epithet did not apply. Even he knew that.