Word of the Day: hog

 
 
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December 10, 2015
 
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hog (noun, verb) sound LISTEN icon
 
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"Stop hogging the remote! I want to choose the channel!"
 
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A hog is a pig, especially a male one, that is raised for human consumption. Informally, hog is used to refer to a selfish or extremely dirty person. As a verb, hog is used in informal conversation and it means 'to take more than what is appropriate of something' or 'to hold onto something and not give other people a chance to use it.'
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Example sentences
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Helen's small farm has a cow and three hogs.
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He's such a hog and never shares anything!
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Marian's kids hogged all the fried potatoes and there weren't any left for my daughter!
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Don't hog the remote!
 
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Multi-word forms
 

go the whole hog (or go whole hog; US): do something thoroughly: "Wow! You made a three-course dinner and homemade bread to go with it? You've really gone the whole hog!"

live high on the hog (or live high off the hog; US): live very luxuriously: "After winning the lottery, the Mortimers lived high on the hog."

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The word hog is sometimes used to refer to large motorcycles. The nickname is said to have started in the 1920s, when a team of racers was winning many races on large Harley Davidson motorcycles. They had a piglet (a small pig) as a mascot and brought it out every time they won, to celebrate. Soon, hog was used to refer to Harley Davidson motorcycles. In the 1980s, the newly created Harley Davidson Owner's Group (H.O.G.) took advantage of the nickname, though these days hog is used in reference to any large motorcycle.
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Other forms
 
hoggish (adjective), hogger (noun), hoglike (adjective)
Origin
 
Hog dates back to the first half of the 14th century and comes from the Middle English word hogg. It may have links to the Welsh word hwch and the Cornish word hogh, which both mean 'swine.'
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