Definition of hog in English:



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

    • ‘Shrinking faster was the number of farms with hogs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the days before refrigeration, hogs were slaughtered and cured at the first heavy autumn frost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Thompsons operate a 300-acre diverse crop and livestock farm, raising beef cattle and hogs.’
    • ‘He rented ground and had 450 acres of corn and soybeans and a few hogs by the early 1980s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cattle, hogs, and domesticated turkeys foraged through unfenced pasture and forest.’
    • ‘Thus, the average number of hogs per farm more than doubled from 288 to 739.’
    • ‘At one time they were raising hogs on three different farmsteads.’
    • ‘From the old world, settlers brought various vegetables and fruits but above all poultry, hogs, and cattle.’
    • ‘They started farrowing hogs when they moved to the rented farm in 1991 and have a traditional farrow-to-finish setup.’
    • ‘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 two estimates led us to the estimated live weight of market hogs for each farm.’
    • ‘When all areas in the watershed are included, 88 billion pounds of manure from chickens, hogs, cattle and turkeys are generated every year.’
    • ‘The hogs are farrowed outdoors or in barns or hoop buildings with bedding.’
    • ‘If Kevin hadn't wanted to farm, says Jo, she would have immediately rented out the cropland and sold the hogs.’
    • ‘Large, high-density cattle farms and factory farming methods for hogs and chickens have become the norm in North America, replacing many smaller farms.’
    pig, sow, swine, porker, piglet, boar
    grunter, baconer
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    1. 1.1 A feral pig.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Look out for uniquely carved benches, hogs in the hedges and other woodland 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.’
      • ‘The buck and its tall, thick rack had vanished, replaced by a herd of feral hogs that vacuumed the corn.’
      • ‘Farther along we saw a feral hog that was foraging within ten feet of the road - and so many armadillos we quit counting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An unmarked young hog born in the woods, however, could be claimed by the first person to find it.’
      • ‘Here in South Texas there is always the possibility of encountering a 300 lb. feral hog while turkey hunting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their men set off into the forest to hunt wild hogs.’
      • ‘In particular, wild hogs and foxes are damaging the happy wilderness.’
    2. 1.2 A wild animal of the pig family, for example a warthog.
      • ‘Animals will charge and attack if they are threatened, and in the case of the forest hogs, they had young ones with them.’
      • ‘‘Come piggies,’ he calls to a family of plump Red River hogs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He rode a large wild hog into battle usually with two roman candles under his arms, screaming his battle cry ‘Heeey youuu guuuuuys!’’
    3. 1.3informal A greedy person.
      • ‘Worse, they're also tremendous space hogs, gobbling up dozens of precious square feet in useless aisle area.’
      • ‘Corporate data centers are power hogs, and their gluttony gets worse every year.’
      • ‘Our King was, in a simple statement, a greedy, power-hungry covetous hog.’
  • 2informal, trademark in UK A large motorcycle, in particular a Harley Davidson.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before you ride off into the sunset on your hog, take a look at the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for motorcycle riding.’
    • ‘He and Marvin had had a long conversation last night about motorcycles and he was probably going to claim the hog as his own.’
    • ‘Hogs must use the motorcycle lane and must also adhere to the two-stage left turn system used for smaller bikes.’
    • ‘The top-of-the-line Harley isn't cheap, either: The Ultra Classic Electra Glide, an archetypal Hog, lists at $20, 405.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His dearest wish was to get a ride on a Harley hog.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can identify the make, model, year and colour of the hog.’
    • ‘It doesn't hurt that there are bunches of Harley accessories, too, that can set your Hog apart from everybody else's motorcycle.’
    • ‘This Santa and his helpers ride Harley hogs rather than a sleigh.’
    • ‘The country's most expensive hog is the Honda GoldWing GL1800, which costs over NT $1million.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Danny had gotten the hog used from a Killeville insurance salesman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Without him, today's hog might be the ride of hoods rather than CEOs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3dialect A young sheep before the first shearing.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stock – cattle, hogs, sheep, horses, donkeys – are brought in and confined at night.’
    • ‘On Tuesday, March 26, we shall reopen the sheep market alone for the sale of spring lambs, hoggs and cull ewes by auction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1informal Take or use most or all of (something) in an unfair or selfish way:

    ‘he never hogged the limelight’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Leave it to my sister to hog all the attention at my party,’ Rachel sighed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others will selfishly hog a space all day and not give fellow drivers a fair chance to park conveniently.’
    • ‘I know he hogs all the credit for anything and everything, but this kind of opportunity can't be passed up.’
    • ‘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 growled and told him to stop hogging all the bed space.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How does she feel about cricket hogging the limelight in India, eclipsing achievements of other sportspersons?’
    • ‘However, it is in his present status as autodriver that he hogs the limelight.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘He sneered from the couch he was hogging all to himself by laying long way on it, resting on his side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The winner is undefeated after three outings and is sure to hog the limelight in the coming months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many actors just want to hog the limelight and be in front of the camera all the time.’
    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

    • informal Do something completely or thoroughly:

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

    • informal Have a luxurious lifestyle.

      • ‘We kind of took it for granted back then, when times were flush and we were living 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Soon, he thought, soon it would be him living high on the hog like Lynn.’
      • ‘‘Conrad lived high on the hog, that was plain for all to see,’ he replies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There will be new jobs, the story said, but don't expect to live high on the hog.’
      • ‘Everyone else was living high on the hog and paid with cash, I paid with a credit card.’
      live extravagantly, live in the lap of luxury, live in clover
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Late Old English hogg, hocg, perhaps of Celtic origin and related to Welsh hwch and Cornish hoch pig, sow.