From Middle English, 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. (Compare "hoggett" for a castrated male sheep.) More at hew.
hog (plural hogs)
- Any animal belonging to the Suidae family of mammals, especially the pig, the warthog, and the boar.
- A greedy person; one who refuses to share.
- (slang) A large motorcycle, particularly a Harley-Davidson.
- (UK) A young sheep that has not been shorn.
- (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?)
- A device for mixing and stirring the pulp from which paper is made.
- (UK, historical, archaic slang, countable and uncountable) A shilling coin; its value, 12 pence.
- 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, xxix
- 1961, Eric Partridge, The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang
- (UK, historical, obsolete slang, countable and uncountable) A tanner, a sixpence coin; its value.
- (UK, historical, obsolete slang, countable and uncountable) A half-crown coin; its value, 30 pence.
- (transitive) To greedily take more than one's share, to take precedence at the expense of another or others.
- Hey! Quit hogging all the blankets.
- 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.
- (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?)
- (nautical) To scrub with a hog, or scrubbing broom.
- (transitive, nautical) To cause the keel of a ship to arch upwards (the opposite of sag).
hog (plural hogs)