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Alternative forms[edit]

  • (UK, dialectal) 'og


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English hog, from Old English hogg, hocg (hog), possibly from Old Norse hǫggva (to strike, chop, cut), from Proto-Germanic *hawwaną (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, hence a sense of "the cut one". (Compare "hogget" for a castrated male sheep.) More at hew.


hog (plural hogs)

  1. Any animal belonging to the Suidae family of mammals, especially the pig, the warthog, and the boar.
  2. (specifically) An adult swine (contrasted with a pig, a young swine).
    • 2005 April, Live Swine from Canada, Investigation No. 731-TA-1076 (Final), publication 3766, April 2005, U.S. International Trade Commission ↑ISBN, page I-9:
      Weanlings grow into feeder pigs, and feeder pigs grow into slaughter hogs. [] Ultimately the end use for virtually all pigs and hogs is to be slaughtered for the production of pork and other products.
  3. A greedy person; one who refuses to share.
  4. (slang) A large motorcycle, particularly a Harley-Davidson.
  5. (Britain) A young sheep that has not been shorn.
  6. (nautical) A rough, flat scrubbing broom for scrubbing a ship's bottom under water.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  7. A device for mixing and stirring the pulp from which paper is made.
  8. (Britain, historical, archaic slang, countable and uncountable) A shilling coin; its value, 12 old pence.
  9. (Britain, historical, obsolete slang, countable and uncountable) A tanner, a sixpence coin; its value.
    • 1961, Eric Partridge, The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang
      hog (pl hog)... 2. In C.18–early 19, occ. a sixpence: also c., whence the U.S. sense. Prob. ex the figure of a hog on a small silver coin.
  10. (Britain, historical, obsolete slang, countable and uncountable) A half-crown coin; its value, 30 old pence.
    • 1961, Eric Partridge, The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang
      hog (pl hog)... 3. A half-crown: ca 1860–1910.
Derived terms[edit]


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.
    • 2000 DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie, Scholastic Inc., New York, Ch 15:
      The [...] air-conditioning unit didn't work very good, and there was only one fan; and from the minute me and Winn-Dixie got in the library, he hogged it all.
    Hey! Quit hogging all the blankets.
  2. (transitive) To clip the mane of a horse, making it short and bristly.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Smart to this entry?)
  3. (nautical) To scrub with a hog, or scrubbing broom.
  4. (transitive, nautical) To cause the keel of a ship to arch upwards (the opposite of sag).

Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of quahog


hog (plural hogs)

  1. (informal) A quahog (clam)





hog (plural hogs)

  1. hole