Uncertain. Often suggested to derive from hog, either in reference to Hog Island, a site of shipyards that employed Italian immigrants (who were supposedly called hoggies and who supposedly packed these sandwiches for lunch), or in reference to pork as an ingredient.
hoagie (plural hoagies)
- (US, central and eastern Pennsylvania) A sandwich made on a (usually soft) long Italian roll; a submarine sandwich.
- I am going to Wawa to get a hoagie for lunch.
- (sandwich): see sub