Meaning of hog in English:


Pronunciation /hɒɡ/

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  • 1A domesticated pig, especially a castrated male reared for slaughter.

    ‘Half of the remaining 1.4% of the value of poultry products comes from farms that specialize in hogs and pigs, and the rest from general crop and/or livestock farms.’
    • ‘The farm, which would breed and fatten up to 150,000 hogs annually for slaughter, would have made the facility one of Alberta's largest hog operations.’
    • ‘Back in 1997, thousands of hogs were slaughtered in the wake of a large outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, dealing a serious blow to pork exports and virtually crippling the local hog industry.’
    • ‘Cattle, hogs, and domesticated turkeys foraged through unfenced pasture and forest.’
    • ‘In the days before refrigeration, hogs were slaughtered and cured at the first heavy autumn frost.’
    • ‘The two estimates led us to the estimated live weight of market hogs for each farm.’
    • ‘They started farrowing hogs when they moved to the rented farm in 1991 and have a traditional farrow-to-finish setup.’
    • ‘The hogs are farrowed outdoors or in barns or hoop buildings with bedding.’
    • ‘At one time they were raising hogs on three different farmsteads.’
    • ‘If Kevin hadn't wanted to farm, says Jo, she would have immediately rented out the cropland and sold the hogs.’
    • ‘The Thompsons operate a 300-acre diverse crop and livestock farm, raising beef cattle and hogs.’
    • ‘Farmers typically own these hog buildings, but the livestock integrator usually owns the hogs and calls the shots in how they are raised, including when they will be sent to market.’
    • ‘It is significant to see that kind of growth in Iowa, a state known best for producing huge amounts of corn, soybeans, cattle and hogs, not small-scale crops, Touchette said.’
    • ‘Our system provides a nicer environment for the hogs than a confinement barn, where pigs just eat, drink, sleep and get bored.’
    • ‘Shrinking faster was the number of farms with hogs.’
    • ‘Thus, the average number of hogs per farm more than doubled from 288 to 739.’
    • ‘Large, high-density cattle farms and factory farming methods for hogs and chickens have become the norm in North America, replacing many smaller farms.’
    • ‘When all areas in the watershed are included, 88 billion pounds of manure from chickens, hogs, cattle and turkeys are generated every year.’
    • ‘From the old world, settlers brought various vegetables and fruits but above all poultry, hogs, and cattle.’
    • ‘He rented ground and had 450 acres of corn and soybeans and a few hogs by the early 1980s.’
    pig, sow, swine, porker, piglet, boar
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    1. 1.1A feral pig.
      ‘Last month California health officials said feral hogs might be to blame for this summer's E. coli bacteria outbreak in spinach that killed three people and sickened 200 others.’
      • ‘This included eradication of mosquitoes, plus elimination of non-native species such as water hyacinth by flooding with salt water and trapping nutria and feral hogs.’
      • ‘Feral hogs are often found in the remote, rugged portions of the state's Ozarks mountain range, where thick brush and timber make it hard to locate and kill the animals.’
      • ‘Feral hogs have become a major problem in much of Texas, and can do considerable damage to wildlife and wildlife habitat.’
      • ‘Deer eat acorns like popcorn, as do feral hogs, squirrels and raccoons.’
      • ‘Farther along we saw a feral hog that was foraging within ten feet of the road - and so many armadillos we quit counting.’
      • ‘Here in South Texas there is always the possibility of encountering a 300 lb. feral hog while turkey hunting.’
      • ‘The buck and its tall, thick rack had vanished, replaced by a herd of feral hogs that vacuumed the corn.’
      • ‘Their men set off into the forest to hunt wild hogs.’
      • ‘In particular, wild hogs and foxes are damaging the happy wilderness.’
      • ‘In my defense I didn't know wild hogs were nowhere near as tough as a 150 pound man.’
      • ‘The pen was necessary to safeguard the feeder and its precious contents from cows and wild hogs.’
      • ‘Look out for uniquely carved benches, hogs in the hedges and other woodland animals.’
      • ‘An unmarked young hog born in the woods, however, could be claimed by the first person to find it.’
      • ‘On the greater part of their home places and on the country's abundant common lands, they encouraged hogs and sheep to roam wild in the woods and forage for themselves.’
    2. 1.2A wild animal of the pig family, for example a warthog.
      ‘In the wild, the pygmy hog lives in small family groups of about four to five individuals, comprised of one or more adult females and accompanying juveniles, and occasionally an adult male.’
      • ‘Researchers in the late 1970s estimated that there were fewer than 150 pygmy hogs living in the wild.’
      • ‘At a certain lodge in East Africa for example, a little girl was seen leaning out of a window, trying to touch a giant forest hog, a large wild pig the size of a donkey, with a reputation of ripping hunters and their dogs with fearsome tusks.’
      • ‘He rode a large wild hog into battle usually with two roman candles under his arms, screaming his battle cry ‘Heeey youuu guuuuuys!’’
      • ‘‘Come piggies,’ he calls to a family of plump Red River hogs.’
      • ‘Animals will charge and attack if they are threatened, and in the case of the forest hogs, they had young ones with them.’
    3. 1.3 informal A greedy person.
      • ‘Our King was, in a simple statement, a greedy, power-hungry covetous hog.’
      • ‘Corporate data centers are power hogs, and their gluttony gets worse every year.’
      • ‘Worse, they're also tremendous space hogs, gobbling up dozens of precious square feet in useless aisle area.’
  • 2 informal, trademark in UK A large motorcycle, in particular a Harley Davidson.

    • ‘He and Marvin had had a long conversation last night about motorcycles and he was probably going to claim the hog as his own.’
    • ‘Apparently, it's also very "in" to refer to your bike as a "hog".’
    • ‘The bikes are located at the front of the store, with memorabilia such as souvenirs, pictures, Harley chrome plates, and bike ornaments surrounding the hogs.’
    • ‘Hogs must use the motorcycle lane and must also adhere to the two-stage left turn system used for smaller bikes.’
    • ‘As it heads into its next century, Harley is attempting to attract a new crop of hog fans by rolling out new bikes designed for women and smaller riders.’
    • ‘It would be a very brave person who would suggest to the crowds swarming around during Harley fest that their "hog" is essentially compensation for their lost youth.’
    • ‘The country's most expensive hog is the Honda GoldWing GL1800, which costs over NT $1million.’
    • ‘If you were freezing on the side of a storm swept highway with a broken down hog, it would be better for you to destroy your motorbike by burning its rubber tires for warmth than to metaphorically "burn your soul" by cursing god and laying down to die.’
    • ‘Being forced to swap his Hog for more conventional transport has not slowed down the 36-year-old property executive.’
    • ‘Before you ride off into the sunset on your hog, take a look at the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for motorcycle riding.’
    • ‘It doesn't hurt that there are bunches of Harley accessories, too, that can set your Hog apart from everybody else's motorcycle.’
    • ‘Danny had gotten the hog used from a Killeville insurance salesman.’
    • ‘The top-of-the-line Harley isn't cheap, either: The Ultra Classic Electra Glide, an archetypal Hog, lists at $20, 405.’
    • ‘Jon told how he'd seen a report on the Spanish news about a whole load of Hog riders from America arriving on a boat that afternoon for a Harley Davidson convention.’
    • ‘Without him, today's hog might be the ride of hoods rather than CEOs.’
    • ‘This Santa and his helpers ride Harley hogs rather than a sleigh.’
    • ‘Whether you ride a moped or a Honda, a scooter or a vintage Hog, the organisers of the annual North Coast Children's Motorcycle Toy Run want you to join the ranks raising money for charity this weekend.’
    • ‘Soon the recruits start peeling away, unwilling or unable to keep up with us as we dart through traffic and around cops in cars and astride hogs.’
    • ‘His dearest wish was to get a ride on a Harley hog.’
    • ‘I can identify the make, model, year and colour of the hog.’
  • 3

    (also hogg)
    British dialect A young sheep before the first shearing.

    ‘On Tuesday, March 26, we shall reopen the sheep market alone for the sale of spring lambs, hoggs and cull ewes by auction.’
    • ‘Firstly, we shall be selling in the sheep shed with a full live auction of hoggs, ewes and spring lambs, if there are any about.’
    • ‘We are selling about 200 cattle each week and just short of 2,000 hoggs and lambs which is a good indicator of the demand.’
    • ‘Perhaps I should explain that these hoggs are last year's ewe lambs that are to become flock replacements.’
    • ‘Most encouraging of all was the number of sheep, at 1,680, accompanied by the best average price of the year for hoggs, at 95p/kg.’
    • ‘Lambs born now and during April are generally sold fat over the summer and into the autumn while those left go on to the market well into the New Year as hoggs.’
    • ‘Again I feel that the volume of hoggs is not going to be there this year and if you can hold onto your sheep for a week or two it should pay.’
    • ‘The stock – cattle, hogs, sheep, horses, donkeys – are brought in and confined at night.’

verbverb hogs, verb hogging, verb hogged

[with object]
  • 1 informal Take or use most or all of (something) in an unfair or selfish way.

    • ‘he never hogged the limelight’
    • ‘Others will selfishly hog a space all day and not give fellow drivers a fair chance to park conveniently.’
    • ‘However, it is in his present status as autodriver that he hogs the limelight.’
    • ‘And that seems to have to do with this knack the brothers picked up of hogging the limelight even as school kids… though at times it meant being hauled up for mischief in front of the school assembly.’
    • ‘The Los Angeles Lakers, who were for so long the NBA's showbiz franchise, are back, hogging the limelight after enduring the second - worst season in the team's history.’
    • ‘However, the kids could not hide the sense of pride and joy on hogging the limelight while receiving the diploma amid lusty cheers from their parents and friends.’
    • ‘How does she feel about cricket hogging the limelight in India, eclipsing achievements of other sportspersons?’
    • ‘Hot-shot models might have hogged the limelight during the last few days with the conduct of three fashion shows here, including two held one after another last Sunday, increasing the temperature of an already hot city.’
    • ‘Forest conservation has once again hogged the limelight in recent times with the Government taking steps on a war footing to control the magnitude of environmental degradation caused in the State.’
    • ‘He makes no attempt to hog the limelight, but even among a strong team of actors there's no question who's the most gifted performer.’
    • ‘Never one to hog the limelight or to go in search of the headlines, he did Trojan work for people in a quiet and unobtrusive way.’
    • ‘He wants to hog the limelight and shout about what he believes, and to do that you have to be populist, brash and confident.’
    • ‘The winner is undefeated after three outings and is sure to hog the limelight in the coming months.’
    • ‘Many actors just want to hog the limelight and be in front of the camera all the time.’
    • ‘It kind of sounds like I'm hogging you and that you can't be with your other friends.’
    • ‘Not only do they hog the best table all evening, but for some odd reason customers seem to gravitate to tables far away from the throne.’
    • ‘I know he hogs all the credit for anything and everything, but this kind of opportunity can't be passed up.’
    • ‘‘I'll take this one, you've been hogging all the customers all day,’ she laughed and he playfully stuck out his tongue at her and resumed putting the cups where they belong.’
    • ‘‘Leave it to my sister to hog all the attention at my party,’ Rachel sighed.’
    • ‘He sneered from the couch he was hogging all to himself by laying long way on it, resting on his side.’
    • ‘I growled and told him to stop hogging all the bed space.’
    monopolize, keep to oneself, dominate, take over, corner, control
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  • 2Cause (a ship or its keel) to curve up in the centre and sag at the ends as a result of strain.


    go the whole hog
    • Do something completely or thoroughly.

      • ‘George decided to go whole hog and join the Total Abstinence Society’
      • ‘In my view we have gone the whole hog to get the information we need, ‘says Mr Allen.’’
      • ‘For their new album, the band have gone the whole hog; collaborating with a director to create film segments to accompany every single track.’
      • ‘With authentic Italian specialties as well as wines from Italy, the restaurant is going the whole hog to ensure that the ingredients are as real as it gets - and so is flying them down from Italy.’
      • ‘With railway crimes on the up, the police are going the whole hog to bring about awareness among passengers.’
      • ‘But he is hesitant about going the whole hog and opening every day throughout the year.’
      • ‘A lot of people only want subtle touches but others want to go the whole hog by spending £500 on bulbs.’
      • ‘And I thought, will I go the whole hog and put on a splash of colour on each one?’
      • ‘I always used to write little stories, then I thought why not go the whole hog and write a book?’
      • ‘He said: ‘I think we need a short pilot exercise in one area to see how it goes before we go the whole hog.’’
      • ‘Otherwise, you can go the whole hog and get a 3 day pass.’


      Of several origins suggested, one interprets hog as the American slang term for a ten cent piece; another refers to one of Cowper's poems (1779), which discusses Muslim uncertainty about which parts of the pig are acceptable as food, leading to the ‘whole hog’ being eaten.

    live high on the hog
    North American informal
    • Have a luxurious lifestyle.

      • ‘There is a serious social side to crime that those who live high on the hog, or luxuriously on stolen taxpayers' money, refuse to see.’
      • ‘People raising families on salaries in the $30,000 - $60,000 range are hardly living high on the hog or setting up trust funds for their kids.’
      • ‘We kind of took it for granted back then, when times were flush and we were living high on the hog.’
      • ‘There will be new jobs, the story said, but don't expect to live high on the hog.’
      • ‘‘I was living high off the hog and it was not a cheap lifestyle to maintain,’ Harksen explained with a shrug.’
      • ‘Soon, he thought, soon it would be him living high on the hog like Lynn.’
      • ‘Everyone else was living high on the hog and paid with cash, I paid with a credit card.’
      • ‘‘Conrad lived high on the hog, that was plain for all to see,’ he replies.’
      • ‘Given your total lifetime income, you don't want to suffer in youth and live high on the hog in old age, or vice versa.’
      • ‘As for supposedly living high on the hog on one's credit cards, one third of all bankruptcy filings are made by families already living under the federal poverty level.’


Late Old English hogg, hocg, perhaps of Celtic origin and related to Welsh hwch and Cornish hoch ‘pig, sow’.