Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hog n.

1. as money [picture of a pig engraved on the early shilling].

(a) [mid-17C–1930s] one shilling (5p); thus hog and a kye, one shilling and sixpence (1s 6d/7½p).

(b) [18C–early 19C] sixpence (2½p).

(c) [mid-18C–1900s] half-a-crown, 2s 6d (12½p).

(d) [mid-19C–1940s] (US, also hogg) a ten-cent piece.

(e) [1940s–50s] (US, also hoggie) $1.

2. in the context of greediness, ‘hoggishness’.

(a) [late 17C+] (also hawg, hoggrubber) a miser, a mean person; a generally foolish person.

(b) [1910s] (Aus.) an inconsiderate driver. a ‘road hog’.

(c) [1950s+] (drugs) anyone who uses more drugs (orig. narcotics, but later extended to cover cannabis) than the speaker does [hog v. (3)].

3. a (large and powerful) vehicle [fig. ref. to the size and power of a SE hog].

(a) [late 19C+] (US) an engine used for hauling freight cars.

(b) [20C+] (later use US black) any large automobile, esp. a Cadillac [note Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words (1968): ‘the reasons it’s called a hog is because it eats up all your bread through monthly payments to the finance company’].

(c) [1960s+] (orig. Hell’s Angels) a motorcycle (usu. a Harley-Davidson) modified and cut down for outlaw gang use.

(d) [1960s+] (US) any large vehicle or aircraft that uses quantities of fuel.

4. of those possessing ‘masculine’ characteristics [the toughness of the animal].

(a) [1920s+] (US) a stoic, a tough individual.

(b) [1960s+] (US prison) a tough prisoner who survives hardship stoically.

(c) [1980s] (US campus) a man who epitomizes good looks, intelligence and sexual prowess.

5. as a term of abuse.

(a) [1940s+] (US) a derog. term for a police officer; usu. as the hogs, the police [devel. of pig n. (2a); note ‘Sayers’ and Heenan’s Great Fight’ in Hindley, Curiosities of Street Literature (1871): ‘So those heroes were surrounded / By a lot of Hampshire hogs’, ref. to the police breaking up a prizefight in 1860].

(b) [1960s+] (US campus, also boo-hog) a male term for an unattractive woman, occas. a woman’s term for a man.

6. [1960s+] (US) the penis.

7. [1970s+] (drugs) phencyclidine [the original use of phencyclidine (PCP) as an animal tranquillizer, often of pigs].

In compounds

hog-head (n.) (also hogshead) [-head sfx (3)]

[1910s–40s] (US tramp) a railroad engineer.

In phrases

half-a-hog (n.)

1. [late 17C–late 19C] sixpence.

2. [mid-19C] (US Und.) a five-cent piece, a nickel.

hog in armour (n.) (also pig in armour)

1. [mid-17C–1910s] a well-dressed lout, of either sex.

2. [mid-19C] (US) a blustering official.

hog in togs (n.) [togs n. (1); such a man lived by his wits, often off foolish women, and worked, if at all, as a roper n.2 (3) or shill n.2 (1) for a gambling house or similar establishment]

[mid-19C] (US) a man-about-town, a loafer with no visible means of support but an endless appetite for good clothes, parties and places of entertainment .

hog, mud and rocks (n.)

[1930s] (US prison) pork, gravy and potatoes.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

hog-age (n.)

[mid-19C–1900s] (US) male adolescence.

hog and hominy (n.)

[late 18C+] (US) pork with hominy grits or cornbread; thus fig. as the basics of existence.

hog-caller (n.) (US)

1. [1940s–60s] a loudspeaker.

2. [1940s–60s] one who makes themselves heard, with complaints, arguments, orders etc.

3. [1940s+] a loud and piercing scream, akin to those used by farmers calling their pigs.

hog-cutter (n.)

[1930s] (US black) an unintelligent person.

hog-drunk (adj.)

[1950s–60s] (US) very drunk.

hog-eye (n.)

see separate entry.

hog-fat (n.)

[1920s+] (Aus.) a useless person, a parasite, a ‘good-for-nothing’; lit. very fat.

hog-grubber (n.) (also hog-grunter) [grubber n.1 ]

[late 17C–mid-19C] a mean, miserly, sneaking person.

hog heaven (n.) [the perceived stupidity of the animal]

[1910s+] (US) a state of bliss or blissful ignorance.

hog island (n.) (also hog town) [i.e. a ‘pig sty’]

[late 19C+] (US) a generic term for any small, impoverished, out-of-the-way settlement; thus hog-wallowing adj., refering to an inhabitant of such a place.

hog-killing (n.) [the hog, born on the farm, costs nothing; killing it provides food etc.]

[late 19C–1910s] (US) an unexpected or large financial profit.

hog-killing (time) (n.) (also hog wallow) [trad. throwing of a party to coincide with the annual killing of a farm’s hogs]

[mid-19C–1950s] (US) a boisterous party, a celebration.

hog-leg (n.)

see separate entry.

hog-mouth (adj.)

[1930s] (W.I.) uncouth.

hog pen (n.)

[1920s–60s] (US black) a disgusting or filthy place.

hog ranch (n.) [derog. use of SE; ? an actual brothel thus named]

[late 19C+] (US) a brothel.

hog-rich (adj.) [i.e. one has had one’s ‘snout in the trough’]

[20C+] (US) very wealthy, esp. nouveau-riche.

hog rubber (n.) [lit. ‘one who rubs hogs’]

[17C] a rustic, an ignorant peasant, a disgusting, filthy person .

hog-thomas (n.) [Thomas n.1 ]

[20C+] (W.I.) a crude, loud person.

hog train (n.)

[late 19C] (US tramp) the world of tramping.


see separate entries.

hog-whimpering (adj.)

[20C+] (orig. US) extremely drunk.

hog-wild (adj.)

1. [late 19+] (US, also hoggy-wild) out of control, crazy; often as go hog-wild.

2. [1910s] absolutely determined; also adv.

hog-wrestle (n.) (also hog-stomp, hog-wrastle)

1. [20C+] (US) a noisy, inelegant, low-class dance.

2. [1940s] a rowdy argument.

In phrases

drive one’s hogs (to market) (v.)

see under drive v.1

in hog heaven and John Crow paradise

[20C+] (W.I., Bdos) in a state of absolute bliss.

like a hog on ice (adv.)

[late 19C] (US) unsteadily, clumsily.

on the hog (train) [negative image of hogs in a sty] [late 19C+]

1. (US) living as a tramp; by ext. dismissed from a job (see cite 1915).

2. (US) out of order, chaotic, of objects, in bad condition.

3. (US campus) at a disadvantage.

4. (US) of people, in bad condition, penniless.

5. (US) depressed.

6. (US campus) honest.

whole hog (n.)

see separate entry.

Verbs meaning to masturbate

beat one’s hog [1970s]
belt one’s hog [1940s+]
flog the hog [1990s+]
hack the hog [1990s+]
hug the hog [1990s+]

In exclamations