Definition of hangdog in English:



  • Having a dejected or guilty appearance; shamefaced.

    ‘the boys wore hangdog looks as the police marched them down the steps’
    • ‘In a voiceover, he remarks that it's not death he fears but a futile life, but, from his hangdog expression and recklessness toward his health, it's clear that he's already given into that feeling of futility.’
    • ‘He's stocky with an expression so hangdog it makes Droopy look like he's had Botox; he also has a weird brushed - up hairline that gives the impression that a wee guy with spiky hair is standing directly behind him.’
    • ‘Even if you're not familiar with the name, you'd recognise the hangdog features; as well as turning up in a fair few A-Team episodes, Lewis Sr also played Clint Eastwood's CB buddie Orville in Any Which Way But Loose.’
    • ‘And besides, in the majority of scenes you can plainly see that many a bystander are crying with laughter at the sight of Bill Murray's hangdog expression, thus indicating that the amused bafflement is mutual.’
    • ‘The room was full of Iranians: the women in pretty and expensive shawls, with hard, glossy hair and carmine manicures; the men in expensive slip-on shoes, time-choking gold watches and hangdog eyes.’
    • ‘The lugubrious Scouser does his best, but who can blame him for that hangdog expression, with Coventry City languishing in the wrong half of the table and the shares that once made him a multi-millionaire delisted by the Stock Exchange?’
    • ‘In what may have been a public relations tactic, Alam wore a hangdog facial expression throughout, in contrast with her confident appearance in newspaper pictures during the week.’
    • ‘Not realizing that calm and logic are anathema to the Hysterical Female, the Wronged Male, by his very hangdog air, serves only to lure the Hysterical Female into a near frenzy in her thwarted attempts for a screaming argument.’
    • ‘With their flat diagonal fringes and hangdog, metrosexual anguish, they're like a heavily diluted version of skater punks… who were just a diluted version of old school punks.’
    • ‘While it's admittedly now associated with all sorts of marvelous memories and history, it's also taken on the hangdog vibe of the perpetually neglected and unloved.’
    • ‘Official Ballina's hangdog, carping approach was in marked contrast to the approach of organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Ballina street festival committee and Eamon Walsh's Fleadh initiative.’
    • ‘‘I like my prisoners to look a little hangdog,’ he said.’
    • ‘It wasn't long before Paul shuffled up to me, hangdog.’
    • ‘Craig Michael's hangdog portrayal of the libertine and ill-starred artist for the most part manages to avoid suffering genius/nutcase clichés.’
    • ‘In becoming that figure, he also brought out the essential weakness of official Unionism, its demoralised passivity, its sentimental traditionalism, its dearth of ideas, its hangdog lack of creative energy.’
    • ‘So when Zhu appeared on Japanese TV recently, with a hangdog look, speaking of his difficulties, questions surfaced as to whether the reform czar was in trouble again.’
    • ‘The air of defeat clings to this hangdog bear from the get-go.’
    • ‘Cuomo's voice, too, has changed over the years, losing some of its hangdog kickability and gaining faint echoes of Roy Orbison's ruefulness, as ‘The Other Way’ hints.’
    • ‘At 11 pm, Kirsty Wark, who had appeared ill at ease throughout the preceding half hour, disappeared from Scottish screens to be replaced by the hangdog features of Newsnight Scotland's Gordon Brewer.’
    • ‘McAvoy is sitting in the Soho Hotel sipping lime and soda and apologising for his hangdog appearance.’
    shamefaced, ashamed, guilty-looking, sheepish, abashed, abject, cowed, cringing, downcast, crestfallen, woebegone, disconsolate, embarrassed, uncomfortable
    browbeaten, defeated, intimidated, wretched
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