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hog

A hog is a pig that's kept on a farm. You can also use the word as a verb, like when you act like a greedy hog. Try not to hog the pie, and stick to your allotted portion.

Though the primary definition of a hog is "domesticated pig," it sometimes refers to wild swine, including feral pigs and warthogs. Hogs are fairly intelligent and social animals, and some of their tendencies are dog-like, including wagging their tails to express pleasure. If your brother shoves cake in his mouth, you might call him a hog, or say, "Hey, don't hog the cake!" Hog originally referred to a one year old pig, but also a horse or sheep of a similar age. "Huckleberry Finn" contains the first known use of hog as a verb meaning "consume greedily."

Definitions of hog
  1. noun
    domestic swine
    synonyms: Sus scrofa, grunter, pig, squealer
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    types:
    porker
    a pig fattened to provide meat
    type of:
    swine
    stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
  2. noun
    a person regarded as greedy and pig-like
    synonyms: pig
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    type of:
    selfish person
    a person who is unusually selfish
  3. verb
    take greedily; take more than one's share
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    type of:
    grab, snaffle, snap up
    get hold of or seize quickly and easily
  4. noun
    a sheep up to the age of one year; one yet to be sheared
    synonyms: hogg, hogget
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    type of:
    lamb
    young sheep
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