Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hog n.

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

(a) one shilling (5p); thus hog and a kye, one shilling and sixpence (1s 6d/7½p).

[UK]Of the Budge in Head (1674) 12: Then every man to the Boozing Ken / And there to fence his hog.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Hog c. a Shilling [...] You Darkmans Budge, will you Fence your Hog at the next Boozing-ken, c. do ye hear you House Creeper, will you Spend your Shilling at the next Ale-house.
[UK]Hell Upon Earth 5: Hog, a Shilling.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit 194: You Darkman-budge, will you fence your Hog at the next Boozen-ken [Night-budge will you spend your Shilling at the next Ale-house].
[UK]N. Ward Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 234: He could [...] have pick’d up a Hog with more Ease than he now could eight Jacks upon an Easter Holiday.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 203: [...] The cull tipt us a hog, which we melted in rumbowse, i.e., the gentleman changed us a shilling which we spent in strong drink.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: The Cul tipt us a Hog, which we melted in the Bowsing-Ken; i.e. The Gentleman gave us a Shilling, which we spent at the Ale-house.
[UK]Defoe Street Robberies Considered 32: Hog, a Shilling.
[UK]Life of Thomas Neaves 31: Those Buttocking Frows, that for a Lie buxum, a Hog, or half a Slat, this is six-pence, a Shilling, or half a Crown, shall turn up their Scut to every Porter, Link-boy, Tinker, or Carman.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 20: The Fellow entered into Bond with me willingly for forty shillings – The Cully did freely blot the Scrip, and so tipped me forty Hogs.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK] ‘Flash Man of St. Giles’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 75: Because we could not three hog pay, / Why we were sent to quod.
[UK]‘T.B. Junr.’ Pettyfogger Dramatized II i: He’s a good fellow! he has tipt me many a hog.
[UK]Jrnl of a Tour in Ireland [...] Performed in August 1804 16: I asked her what I had to pay for breakfast. ‘Two hogs and a half’; and again at my staring in her face, ‘Two hogs and a tester,’ meaning in each case half-a-crown .
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang.
[UK]Jack Randall’s Diary 65: For me no more shall hogs or simons ring.
[UK]Egan Life of an Actor 125: You shall have [...] eighteen hog a week, and a benefit which never fails.
[UK](con. 1737–9) W.H. Ainsworth Rookwood (1857) 231: One quid, two coach-wheels, half a bull, three hogs, and a kick.
[UK]W.H. Smith ‘Thieves’s Chaunt’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 120: And the smoke curls gently, while cousin Ben / Keeps filling the pots again and again, / If the coves have stump’d their hog.
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 3 Feb. 107: He could earn [...] ‘thirty hog a-week’.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 25 July 1/3: [She] had obtained a hog upon the pledge.
[UK]R.F. Walond Paddiana II 92: Sure, I wouldn’t have had it in notes at all [...] it’s aisier to spend in hogs and tanners.
[UK]A. Mathews Tea Table Talk 207: The shopwoman satisfied Suett after her fashion, that his little lump of Suett had absorbed flour and lard (pastry) to the amount of what her queer customer would have termed a hog.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 473/1: In speaking of money, the slang phrases are constantly used by the street lads [...] a shilling a ‘bob,’ or a hog.
[UK]J. Greenwood Wilds of London (1881) 22: Who’ll give three hog (shillings) for a ‘pegging finch?’.
[Aus]Morn. Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 18 July 2/6: For a shilling there are many names but nearly all slang. [...] ‘Breaky-leg,’ ‘brongs,’ ‘bobs,’ ‘bordes,’ ‘drawers,’ ‘gens’, ‘hogs,’ levys,’ ‘pegs,’ ‘stags,’ ‘Shigs,’ ‘twelvers’ and ‘teviss’s’ .
[UK] ‘Blooming Aesthetic’ in Rag 30 Sept. n.p.: A Sunday-flash-togs young man, / A pocket-of-hogs young man.
[UK]F.W. Carew Autobiog. of a Gipsey 18: He had acquired some thirty ‘hog,’ or shillings.
[UK]C. Rook Hooligan Nights 40: Down I planks a two-hog piece.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘“Two Bob” Novel’ Sporting Times 30 Apr. 1/4: The free love to which all problem yarns seem to lead / Will not pay at a couple of ‘hog’.
[Aus]Advertiser (Adelaide) 20 Oct. 20/9: It was stated in a London police court recently that a taxicab man asked his fare for two ‘’og’, and the passenger did not know what it meant.
[UK]Northern Whig 12 Sept. 8/6: I couldn’t pipe no peter, and no wedge worth a hog.
[UK]‘George Orwell’ Down and Out in Complete Works I (1986) 131: Want a kip? That’ll be a ’og, guv’nor.
[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross ‘Dark Diceman’ in Bitten by the Tarantula (2005) 204: The tie [...] that’s expensive: set him back sixteen og [sic].

(b) sixpence (2½p).

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 558: C.18–early 19.

(c) half-a-crown, 2s 6d (12½p).

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 558: ca. 1860–1910.

(d) (US, also hogg) a ten-cent piece.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum 42: Hogg, a ten-cent piece.
[US]Dly Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 1 Nov. 3/3: A ‘hogg’ is ten cents.
[UK]Farmer Americanisms 299/2: Hogg (Cant).—A ten cent piece (about 5d).
[US]C.E. Funk Hog on Ice 153: A shilling in England or a ten-cent piece in the United States was at one time called a ‘hog’ [DA].

(e) (US, also hoggie) $1.

[US]‘Bill O. Lading’ You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Hoggie: Dollar.

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

(a) (also hawg, hoggrubber) a miser, a mean person; a generally foolish person.

[UK]Webster Devil’s Law-Case IV i: That I could not think of this vertuous Gentleman Before I went to’th other Hog-grubber.
[UK]S. Purchas Pilgrimage II Bk VIII 1344: They reuile them [...] and call them Gours, that is, Infidels; and Cupec, that is Dog; and Canzier, that is Hog.
[UK]‘Junius Florilegus’ Odious, Despicable, and Dreadfull condition of a Drunkard 18: They think [...] themselves the onely men alive; brave, generous, free, and bountifull blades: and all others but base, and covetous hoggrubbers.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Hog, [...] a greedy, covetous, morose Churl, hog-grubber, a close-fisted, narrow-soul’d sneaking Fellow.
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘Pindariana’ Works (1796) IV 414: O great ’Squire, I know you are a hog; Indeed so sad a brute in all your carriage, You freely give your wife up for a dog.
[UK]I. Pocock Omnibus I i: That boy’s quite a hog.
[UK]Paul Pry 30 Sept. 180/2: Butler, of the Bricklayers’ Arms be a hog and does not give good plain suppers for a small price.
[UK]J. Lindridge Sixteen-String Jack 85: Snore on, you drunken, Irish hog, do; and while you snores, I’ll secure your tin.
[US]G.W. Harris Sut Lovingood’s Yarns 266: Yu dratted stingy hog, yu.
[US]F.H. Hart Sazerac Lying Club 100: Gentlemen [...] you’re acting like a lot of hogs.
[US]G.W. Peck Peck’s Sunshine 228: I will turn in on the floor. I ain’t no hog.
[UK]Bird o’ Freedom 15 Jan. 1/3: Corse I’m drunk [...] demned drunk; but I’ll get—get over it. But your a bally hog, and you’ll never get over it.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 22 Dec. 178: Porky Brown, despite his nickname, was anything but a hog, and he treated Norman well.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ Skidoo! 13: Did you ever notice [...] that peculiar hog on the train who pays two dollars for a berth and always displaces eight dollars’ worth of space.
[US]M. Glass Potash And Perlmutter 19: I’m willing to be fair, Leon. Of course I ain’t a hog.
[US]J. Lait ‘Omaha Slim’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 121: A fat hog what’s got dough in every bank kicks in eight a week to you.
[UK]Marvel 22 May 2: My name is Hanzen, you hog!
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 251: They’re [...] no more hogs for wages than we are for profits.
[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 19: He’s a hog for half-baked saps like this one.
[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 360: Dot’s watchuh ged fuh bein’ a hog!
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 202: The time the last hog that held it died — bad cess to him!
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 123: I hope the hawgs appreciate it.
[US]W.D. Overholser Buckaroo’s Code (1948) 25: My folks were nesters in Montana. My dad was shot by a range hog.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 119: hog [...] a greedy person.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 85: What a thoroughly disgusting leer the hog had on his face.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Syndicate (1998) 53: Please don’t be a hog about this.
[UK]R.L. Pike Mute Witness (1997) 16: Well, anyway, there’s dough in this. And I’m no hog.
[UK]C. Knight We Shall Not Die 147: We can have nothin’ to do wid di rival political hogs of di Island’s two major political parties.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 13: Such specifics as coon, crab, hog, jackass, jellyfish, rattlesnake, skunk, wolf, and worm.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 37: Franklin dumped me for that hog in Honolulu.
[Aus]T. Winton Human Torpedo 16: [a surfer] He was big and hairy, the wave hog with sideburns.
[UK]M. Collins Keepers of Truth 125: You’re pretty firm about the price to this hog in a dress.

(b) (Aus.) an inconsiderate driver. a ‘road hog’.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 12 June 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That the recent midnight motor-car smashes should teach a lesson to hurrying hogs. That the old rattletrap that caused the cataclysm is only fit for a museum.

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

Hal Ellson Golden Spike 17: We got to do it [i.e. use heroin] cool this time [...] We ain’t going to be hogs.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 33: [of heroin] Roy was such a junk hog that Herman and I had to shoot more than we needed to [...] get our share.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 59: You’re at the hog stage now [...] It doesn’t really do any good any more. You’re just shooting to keep even.
[US]O. Hawkins Ghetto Sketches 116: Shiiii-it! Both you niggers is hogs! [...] The pipe is refilled and passed.
[Aus]Lette & Carey Puberty Blues 102: [of hashish] ‘Ey! Don’t bogart it Johnno.’ Johnno was a hog.

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

(a) (US) an engine used for hauling freight cars.

[US]Walla Walla Union 24 Nov. 3/4: The ‘hog’ will haul nine loaded cars up the heavy Alto grade, while the ordinary road engine had a hard tussel to haul four or five [DA].
[US]F. Dumont [song title] He’s On the Hog Train Now ...
[US]W. Irwin Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum VIII: Then would I duck from under if I could, Catch the hog special on the jump.
[US]Wash. Post 10 Dec. 4/5: An engine is a ‘hog’ unless it is a ‘goat.’.
[US]C. Samolar ‘Argot of the Vagabond’ in AS II:9 389: A railroader is a rail; an engine, a hog; an engineer, a hoghead or hogger.
[US]AS IX No II Apr. 74/1: There was a hundred and thirty rattlers and a crummy on that thing and you should have heard the old hog wheeze as we went down to the station.
[US]Mencken Amer. Lang. (4th edn) 582: In the days before hitch-hiking, hoboes spent a great deal of their time stealing rides on the railroads, and their railroad vocabulary remains rich and racy. A locomotive is a hog.
[US]Boston Sun. Globe 8 May 1/1: We have 2458, a big hog with eight drivers and lots of power [DA].
[US]Current Sl. V:1 8: Hog, n. Locomotive.

(b) (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’].

[UK]Sporting Times 27 June 1/4: ‘Where are we?’ bawled the Hog King. ‘Near Paris!’ yelled the chauffeur over his shoulder.
[NZ]G. Meek Chips Off the Old Stumbling Blocks 26: An old motor hog for a greasy road.
[US] ‘Hot Rod Lexicon’ in Hepster’s Dict. 4: Hog – Hot rod in bad condition.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 76: He was going to trade the Buick in on a Cadillac. Did those oldhead mackmen [...] think they were the only ones who could drive Hogs.
[US]Babs Gonzales I Paid My Dues 94: There were ten ‘hogs’ (Cadillacs) double parked.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972) 104: hog. [...] Big car, especially he ’55 or ’56 Buick.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 92: That’s all they got to do, ride around in the Hogs and talk shit.
[US]A. Brooke Last Toke 42: Get this boy a hog ’stead o’ that clunker he be rattle-trappin’ ’round in.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 84: The Cadillac – variously referred to in the vernacular as the blade, calf, hog, kitty, cat, kitty cat.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 105: Soaking up the mobile plushness of a gigantic hog.

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

[US]H.S. Thompson Hell’s Angels (1967) 101: In the argot of the cycle world the Harley is a ‘hog’, and the outlaw bike is a ‘chopped hog’. [Ibid.] 97: You’ve got to see an outlaw straddle his hog and start jumping on the starter pedal.
[US]W. Murray Sweet Ride 112: Get on our hogs and them mothers’d pick us up, bust us for doing nothing.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 66: I see a lot of hogs around this place outside town.
[UK]D.y Gram Foxes (1980) 86: Ten or eleven hogs – Harleys and big Hondas – flashed along.
[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 7: There were a lot of Harley hogs and chopper bikes in or about the town.
[US]Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 109: He climbs aboard [...] and starts up the huge hog.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 98: Jesus couldn’t understand why they didn’t just ride their hogs down to London.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 118: [He] kicked his chopped Harley superhog into screaming life.
[US]D.H. Sterry Chicken (2003) 5: Mustangs rubbing up against muscular Mercedes and Hell’s Angels hogs.
[UK]Sun. Times Ingear19 Dec. 7: [headline] Harley Davidson, known for its fat ‘Hogs’, will have fans squealing with its mean new sportsbike.

(d) (US) any large vehicle or aircraft that uses quantities of fuel.

[US]12 TAC FTR WG Song Book 20: Don't give me an F-105, / In that big hog, guys don't stay alive.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (2007) 44: These hogs probably only top out at a hundred ten, so you push it very long you’ll probably [...] blow the engine.
[US]LaBarge & Holt Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (1990) 51: I’m having trouble controlling this hog [airplane].

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

(a) (US) a stoic, a tough individual.

[US]E. Walrond Tropic Death (1972) 99: ‘Look at he,’ he said, ‘takin’ exvantage o’ de po’ lil’ boy. A big able hog like dat.’.
[US]B. Jackson Thief’s Primer 69: ‘If the Rangers get you, they’re going to get a confession.’ He said, ‘I can fade ’em.’ He’s supposed to be a hog, you know.
[US]J. Webb Fields of Fire (1980) 31: I need me a couple bad-ass hogs. Who’s the meanest hog in this here platoon?
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 18: Who is this fucking hawg who wants to kiiilll?
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Phantom Blooper 15: ‘Been in-country long, hog?’ ‘All week, sir.’.

(b) (US prison) a tough prisoner who survives hardship stoically.

[US]C.B. Hopper Sex in Prison 115: A hog is able to ‘take it’ and to maintain a stoic integrity in the face of privation.
[UK]J. Carr Bad (1995) 148: I fell in with these dudes who were called ‘hogs.’ They let me in the club which was limited to guys who could bench press more than three hundred pounds.
[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Hog: A prisoner who is willing to fight, who will not back down.

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

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar.

5. as a term of abuse.

(a) (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].

[US]H. McCoy Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 119: Striding off, winking slyly at me, followed by this thickheaded hog.
[US]B. Seale Seize the Time 175: One of those hog of hogs, with his fat belly hanging over his belt.
[US]N.Y. Post 10 July n.p.: Sure I’ve been to Nam (Vietnam), and I’d rip off (attack) a hog (policeman) in a minute [HDAS].
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 66: Derisive pejoratives like pig, swine, the hog, gray dog.
Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] hog n 1. a police officer. (‘hogs got my brother for robbery’.).

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

[US]Baker et al. CUSS 137: Hog An ugly person, male [...] female.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 181: The girls were blue-ribbon hogs, but in that place any girl became a hot number.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 242: hog [...] 2. Obese female.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 2: boo-hog – fat, unattractive female.
[US]G.A. Fine With the Boys 175: Iowan male subculture calls these creatures ‘hogs’.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 2: boo hog – a very large obese female: Make way! There’s a great big boo-hog coming down the hall.

6. (US) the penis.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS.
[US]D. Woodrell Muscle for the Wing 147: She still likes to grease up and sit on the hog of an evenin’.

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

[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972) 104: hog. [...] Phenanthrene, a synthetic drug having much the same effect as PCP. It is addictive.
[UK]Daily News 23 Feb. 5: Angel dust goes by dozens of street names [...] Peace pills, white powder, superjoint, busy bee, hog elephant tranquilizer, crystal, and green tea are some of the more popular names.
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 337: hog: PCP.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 12: Hog — PCP.
[US]Microgram Bulletin XXXVI:8 182: On the street, PCP is commonly referred to as Angel Dust, Hog, Ozone, Rocket Fuel, Shermans, Wack, Crystal, and Embalming Fluid.

In compounds

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

(US tramp) a railroad engineer.

[US]B.T. Harvey ‘Addenda –The Northwest’ in DN IV:ii 163: hogshead, n. An engineer of a locomotive.
[US]V.W. Saul ‘Vocab. of Bums’ in AS IV:5 341: Hog head—An engineer on the railroad.
[US]‘Dean Stiff’ Milk and Honey Route 27: It is not necessary for the hobo ever to meet the engineer of the train, known among our kind as the ‘hogger,’ or ‘hoghead’.
[US]Illinois Central Mag. June 30/2: To the initiated, a ‘tallow-pit’ is a locomotive fireman and a ‘hoghead’ is the engineer [DA].
[US]F.H. Hubbard Railroad Avenue 327: I relayed on to the hoghead and yelled, ‘All right, let’s have it’.
[US]Railway Clerk June 320/2: I recall once knowing a hoghead by th’ name o’ Witsaway [DA].
[US]Current Sl. V:1.
[US]Niemann & Bertucci Railroad Voices 62: The conductor offered to prove his point with a deadheading hoghead riding between Oakland and K Falls.
[US]A. Allen Orig. Old Rails’ Tales 24: They hired this woman engineer, hoghead, and she goes back to Topeka to shake and bake hoghead school.

In phrases

half-a-hog (n.)

1. sixpence.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Half a Hog, c. Six Pence.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 19: Sixpence – Half a Hog.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Half a Hog. Sixpence.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1796].
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 97: Half-a-hog – sixpence.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 121/2: Half a hog, half a shilling.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[Aus]Morn. Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 18 July 2/6: For our next coin in value twenty names are found, viz: - ‘sixpence,’ ‘bandy,’ ‘broder,’ ‘cripple.’ ‘downer,’ ‘fiddler.’ ‘fyebuck,’ ‘half-hog,’ ‘kick,’ ‘lord of the manor,’ ‘pig,’ ‘pot,’ ‘say saltee,' ’sprat,’ ‘snid,’ ‘simon,’ ‘sow's baby,’ ’tanner,’ tester,’ and ‘tizzy’.
[UK]Household Words 20 June 155: The sixpence... is variously known as a ‘pig,’ a ‘sow’s baby,’ a ‘grunter,’ and ‘half a hog’ [F&H].
[UK]Dundee Eve. Teleg. 19 July 2/4: Sixpence is a popular coin in slangdom [...] ‘half-a-hog,’ ‘kick,’ (thus two and a ‘kick’ 2s 6d)‘lord of the manor,’ ‘pig,’ ‘pot,’ ‘snid,’ ‘sow’s baby’.

2. (US Und.) a five-cent piece, a nickel.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum 40: half-a-hog A five-cent piece.
[US]Trumble Sl. Dict. (1890).
hog in armour (n.) (also pig in armour)

1. a well-dressed lout, of either sex.

[UK]J. Howell Eng. Proverbs 19: He looketh like a Hogg in armour .
[UK]T. Brown Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 62: Here we saw [...] the Frying-pan and Drum, the Lute and Tun, the Hog in Armour, and a thousand others [i.e. tavern signs].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 1 June 169/1: Fine feathers do not always make fine birds, and you never looked more like an hog in armour.
[UK]Sam Sly 20 Jan. 3/1: A pretty figure you cut truly, with your head nearly touching the ground. You look more like a pig in armour than a graceful dancer.
[UK]J.W. Horsley Memoirs of a ‘Sky Pilot’ 254: The plainly modern ‘monkey on a gridiron’ for cyclist, or ‘hog in armour’ for a district messenger boy .
Truth (Sydn ey) 2 Apr. 9/2: Some goes to the Coronation, / Wearing breeches and a sword, / Lookin like a hog in armor, / Or a bogie from abroad.

2. (US) a blustering official.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
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]

(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 .

[UK]Farmer Americanisms 300/1: Hog in togs, a well-dressed loafer .
[UK]Hants. Advertiser 24 Feb. 2/3: A ‘hog in togs’ is a Jack in office.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

hog-age (n.)

(US) male adolescence.

[US]J. Mitchell Nantucketisms 40: Hog age. Between Boyhood & Manhood [DA].
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues III 328/1: Hog-age, the period between boyhood and manhood .
[US]G.D. Chase ‘Cape Cod Dialect’ in DN II:vi 426: hog-age, n. The awkward, ill-mannered age of a boy.
hog and hominy (n.)

(US) pork with hominy grits or cornbread; thus fig. as the basics of existence.

[US]W. Hooper in Letter from James Murray (1901) 239: The blessing of domestic peace that I might enjoy in my own Cabin, eat my Hogg & Hominee without anything to make me afraid .
[US]R. Carlton New Purchase II 171: And all this was real American, United States’ learning!—useful, practical stuff!—such as would enable a fellow to get his own bread and butter; or in new Purchase terms, his hog and hominy!
[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 242: The Skaggs family, which was a numerous one, cultivated a small farm, from which they extracted sufficient hog and hominy to keep them from starvation.
[US]Fort Worth Dly Gaz. (TX) 1 Apr. 1/4: Whenever a flood has visited the great valley Congress has sent down hog and homony by the ton and shoveled it outamong the voracious Ethiopians.
[US]Louisiana Populist 21 Dec. 1/5: Honest sensible men will see that ‘hog and hominy’ will do no better than cotton .
[US]Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 21 Nov. 1/7: It is nothing more nor less than the good old ‘hog and hominy’ doctrine.
[US]R.W. Brown ‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in DN III:viii 578: hog and hominy, n. Poor rations of any kind.
[US]Cayton’s Wkly (Seattle, WA) 20 Dec. 4/2: I am rustling for hog and hominy for seven dependents.
[US]E.N. Dick Dixie Frontier 290: Bacon or other pork products were such a common accompaniment of this kind of corn that the monotonous diet was often referred to as ‘hog and hominy’ .
hog-caller (n.) (US)

1. a loudspeaker.

[UK]S. Heym Crusaders (1950) 330: Bing dropped a package on the chair. ‘Why, the hog-caller!’ exclaimed Troy, and got up to shake Bing’s hand. [...] ‘My God, you haven’t brought those damned loudspeakers again.’.

2. one who makes themselves heard, with complaints, arguments, orders etc.

[US]S. Longstreet Decade 349: In Washington, the misfits, the clowns, the head line-eaters, the handshakers and the hog-callers made big medicine.
[US]‘Hy Lit’ Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 22: hog-caller – Big mouth complainer; a loud, barking cat that’s always heard well above the crowd giving his chops a workout.

3. a loud and piercing scream, akin to those used by farmers calling their pigs.

[US]C. Bukowski Erections, Ejaculations etc. 124: Hyans dropped to his knees and screamed [...] he grabbed the handle, dropped to his knees and let go another hog-caller.
hog-drunk (adj.)

(US) very drunk.

[UK]E. Abbey Brave Cowboy (1958) 38: Got hog drunk and hit the floor.
[US]J. Thompson Pop. 1280 (1990) 69: Just about every time you were out here hog-drunk, too stupid to appreciate what a good thing you had.
hog-eye (n.)

see separate entry.

hog-fat (n.)

(Aus.) a useless person, a parasite, a ‘good-for-nothing’; lit. very fat.

[[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Mar. 24/2: McAuliffe, as far as appearances went, hadn’t trained an hour; he was hog-fat].
[Aus]K.S. Prichard Haxby’s Circus 98: That’s what comes of having a cripple on the show – a bloomin’ hog-fat.
hog-grubber (n.) (also hog-grunter) [grubber n.1 ]

a mean, miserly, sneaking person.

[UK]R. Speed Counter-Rat F4: [A long-tail’d Rat] He was no Hog-grubber.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: A Hog-grubber, a close-fisted, narrow-soul’d sneaking Fellow.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 18: Hog grubber – a sneaking mean fellow, a cadger. Hog grunter – a close-sifted, narrow-souled, mean fellow.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict.
hog heaven (n.) [the perceived stupidity of the animal]

(US) a state of bliss or blissful ignorance.

[US]Railway Carman’s Jrnl 18 50/1: I’ve got a splendid agreement all ready drawn up and signed, and it’s all to your benefit [...] all you have to do is just wake up long enough to sign up and you are in hog heaven.
[US]C.H. Hogan ‘A Yankee ... on Texas Speech’ in AS XX:2 Apr. 83: His friends will scoff: ‘Look at ol’ Billie Bob over there. He thinks he’s in hog-Heaven.’.
[US]J. Olsen Secret of Fire Five 43: At first the rest of the guys were in hog heaven.
[US]C. Hiaasen Double Whammy (1990) 194: Man of means. Garcia was in hog heaven.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 352: Blacks (and women) were in hog heaven after Kovach got there.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skinny Dip 160: Chaz must be in hog heaven [...] He could chat about his penis all night long.
hog island (n.) (also hog town) [i.e. a ‘pig sty’]

(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.

[US]H. Macfall Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer 8: ‘Huh! I’ll learn yo’ manners, yo’ dirty – black – hog-wallowin’ --’ She stammered in her fury, searching for epithets.
[US]letter in J.E. Haley XIT Ranch of Texas 200: The sporting fraternity was kept below the hill, where Hog-town reveled by night and slept by day.
[US](con. late 19C) C. Jeffords Shady Ladies of the Old West [Internet] There was usually a so-called ‘Hog Town’ just off the reservation, where the men could find gambling, whiskey, and a few aging and degenerate women.
hog-killing (n.) [the hog, born on the farm, costs nothing; killing it provides food etc.]

(US) an unexpected or large financial profit.

[US]C.L. Cullen Taking Chances 8: They had just pulled off a swell hog-killing up in Toronto and had two or three thousand each in their clothes.
[NZ]Adventure Apr. 958: A Gigantic Hog-Killing. We have Inside Information of a Long Shot that should Win To-morrow at 10 to 1 [HDAS].
hog-killing (time) (n.) (also hog wallow) [trad. throwing of a party to coincide with the annual killing of a farm’s hogs]

(US) a boisterous party, a celebration.

[US]C.A. Siringo Texas Cow Boy (1950) 100: John and I [...] had a hog killing time all by ourselves.
[US]Fort Worth Daily Gaz. (TX) 19 Mar. n.p.: The Cincinnati club must have felt very much at home. What a hog-killing time they had, to be sure.
[US]Waco Eve. News (TX) 25 Mar. 2/2: The people had a regular hog-killing time in 1890 and have been feasting on backbone.
[US]J.W. Carr ‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in DN III:i 83: hog-killin’ time, n. phr. An enjoyable time. ‘We just had a hog-killin’ time’.
[US]A. Adams ‘In the Hands of His Friends’ in Cattle Brands [Internet] Says he will have two fiddlers, and promises us the hog killingest time of our lives.
[US]Seattle Republican (Wash. State) 22 July 5/3: I had hog-killing time with the boys.
[US]L.R. Dingus ‘A Word-List From Virginia’ in DN IV:iii 184: hog killin’ time, n. [...] 2. A highly enjoyable time.
[US] (ref. to late 19C) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 111: A bang-out hog wallow of a night like that was for only a few guests who were special.
[US]V. Randolph ‘4th Ozark Word List’ in AS VIII:1 49/2: Hog-killing, n. Any sort of hilarious celebration or jollification.
[US]Randolph & Wilson Down in the Holler 253: We had a regular hog-killin’ at the dance t’other night.
hog-leg (n.)

see separate entry.

hog pen (n.)

(US black) a disgusting or filthy place.

[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 877: And as long as they put me in the f-- hogpen of a Stockade, I’ll never go back.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 138: Hog pen A messy room.
hog ranch (n.) [derog. use of SE; ? an actual brothel thus named]

(US) a brothel.

[[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. 211: Rancho In Washington, with their accustomed ingenuity in corrupting words and meanings, the Americans use the appellation for a place of evil report].
[US]Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Live Stock Journal 27 Aug. 2/4: The Priest girls, who live at what is known as ‘the hog ranch’ in the southwest part of the city, were robbed and otherwise badly treated Saturday night [DARE].
[US]O. Wister Lin McLean 7: He broke it again at the hog-ranch across the bridge.
[US]G.A. Forsyth Story of the Soldier 140: These shacks soon became known as ‘hog ranches’ and [...] two or three of the most wretched and lowest class of abandoned women [...] could be seen standing in the doorway.
[UK]C.M. Russell Trails Plowed Under 85: But we’re all peaceful enough till the sport that runs this hog-ranch objects to the noise I’m makin’.
[US](con. late 19C) D. Rickey 40 Miles a Day 55: An occasional spree in a frontier saloon or off-limits ‘hog ranch’ groggery and brothel was not really considered evidence of heavy drinking.
[US](con. 1860s) T.A. Larson Hist. of Wyoming 203: Many ‘soiled doves’ could be found in Wyoming towns and at rural ‘hog ranches’.
[US](con. 1870s) Fogg Coffey in Lanning & Lanning Memories of Texas Cowboys 24: Old Dad Guest had a hog ranch at Fort Chadbourne along in the early seventies.
[US](con. 1860s) T.P. Lowry Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell 174: These ‘hog ranches’ were found outside Fort Laramie [...] Fort Lincoln, among others.
hog-rich (adj.) [i.e. one has had one’s ‘snout in the trough’]

(US) very wealthy, esp. nouveau-riche.

[US]J.A. Mitchell Silent War 129: Debauchers of law and justice, so hog-rich with plunder you cannot estimate your wealth.
[US]R. Thomas Missionary Stew 49: The Keatses went from dirt-poor to hog-rich to banker-stuffy in one generation.
[US]D. Brock If I Never Get Back 5: Squatting near the vaulted window of her hog-rich parents’ Burlingame home.
hog rubber (n.) [lit. ‘one who rubs hogs’]

a rustic, an ignorant peasant, a disgusting, filthy person .

[UK]Middleton & Dekker Roaring Girle II ii: por.: Must I carry this great fiddle to your chamber, Mistress Mary? moll: Fiddle, goodman hog-rubber?
[UK]Jonson Bartholomew Fair V iv: Ay, Hogrubber o’ Pickt-hatch.
[UK]R. Burton Anatomy of Melancholy iii. ii. iv. i. (1638) 536: The very rusticks and hog-rubbers if once they tast of this Loue liquor, are inspired in an instant.
hog-thomas (n.) [Thomas n.1 ]

(W.I.) a crude, loud person.

[WI]L. Bennett Auntie Roachy Sey (2003) 70: She know plenty-plenty oman who deh pon a drive motor car good-good fi plenty years mongs nuff hog-thomas man drivers.
hog train (n.)

(US tramp) the world of tramping.

[US]J. London ‘Road’ in Hendricks & Shepherd Jack London Reports (1970) 311–21: The ‘Road,’ the hog-train, or for brevity’s sake, the hog: It is a realm almost as unexplored as fairyland, yet hardly as impregnable.
hogwash

see separate entries.

hog-whimpering (adj.)

(orig. US) extremely drunk.

[UK]S. Hoggart Guardian 8 Dec. [Internet] So to avoid complete, staggering, hog-whimpering inebriation at big tastings I just take tiny sips – and a second if the first seems promising.
hog-wild (adj.)

1. (US, also hoggy-wild) out of control, crazy; often as go hog-wild.

[US]Nat. Tribune (Wash., DC) 22 Oct. 8/3: Don’t get hump-backed and red-eyed and go hog-wild about the election.
[US]J.W. Carr ‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in DN II:vi 419: hog wild, adj. Wildy excited. ‘I never saw such an excitement over a little thing in Arkansas as there was over that debate. They went hog wild.’.
[US]Guthrie Daily Leader (OK) 21 Feb. 1/1: This town has gone absolutely hog wild in its antagonism to Guthrie and everything emanating from there.
[US]R. Lardner You Know Me Al (1984) 143: You better not take a chance because the big busher is hogwild.
[US]R. Lardner ‘Women’ in Coll. Short Stories (1941) 150: Make this fella pitch, boys [...] He was hog wild in Philly the other day.
[US](con. 1918) J. Stevens Mattock 285: Him and all the rest’ll run hog-wild.
[US]R.F. Adams Cowboy Lingo 190: Flop yo’ ears an’ go hog wild.
[US]J. Mitchell McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 76: They’ve gone hog-proud and hog-wild.
[US]W. Guthrie Seeds of Man (1995) 251: Boys up there’d go plumb hoggy wild if’n they c’d lay an eye on any secha perty set of hips.
[US]J. Thompson Criminal (1993) 8: I kind of went hog wild in there.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 233: I didn’t go hog wild any more.
[US]T. Thackrey Thief 163: That’s sure hell the route I went. Hog wild.
[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 176: Jesús Bernal went hog-wild with bombs. He built three of them, and typed up a preliminary list of targets.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Phantom Blooper 234: Obrey says [...] to my mother: ‘That boy is hog wild and jaybird crazy.’.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 71: I want these boys to go hog wild.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 122: When you were a kid and got your first chemistry set [...] you got tired of the faggy little experiments in the booklet and just went hogwild and mixed all that shit together.

2. absolutely determined; also adv.

[US]A. Adams Wells Brothers [Internet] Ch. ii: I’ve fallen head over ears in love with the idea of this trail hospital. [...] I’m hog wild to get in on it.
[US]H.L. Wilson Professor How Could You! 206: Driving my car around hog-wild, jamming its fenders against every tree in the whole country.
hog-wrestle (n.) (also hog-stomp, hog-wrastle)

1. (US) a noisy, inelegant, low-class dance.

[US]Mansfield (OH) News 7 Dec. 10(?)/3: The side show of the movement will be to go after the kind of music that you hear in the all-night dumps and the public hog-rassles.
[US]DN IV 233: Hog-wrastle, n. A modern dance.
[US]DN V 387: Hog wrestle (—rassle) n.phr. Contemptuous term for a cheap or vulgar dance. ‘The dance last night was a regular hog wrestle.’.
[US]Leatherneck Feb. 29: Jimmy Lowery, who rarely misses a hawg-rassle, hasn’t been to a dance in a coon’s age [HDAS].
[US](con. WWI) L. Nason Approach to Battle 28: I cursed my horse and my own folly for letting myself in for any such hog wrastle [HDAS].
[US] in DARE II 1047/1: hog-stomp.

2. a rowdy argument.

[US]L.R. Ward Ourselves, Inc. 89: There‘s going to be lots of trouble ahead, but after this hog-wrestle, what’s going to be a-popping, I’d like to see.

In phrases

drive one’s hogs (to market) (v.)

see under drive v.1

like a hog on ice (adv.)

(US) unsteadily, clumsily.

[US]World (N.Y.) 19 Oct. 2/6: Collins, after scrambling around like a hog on ice, tossed it to first in time for an out.
on the hog (train) [negative image of hogs in a sty]

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

[US]Sun (NY) 21 May 28/1: ‘Dis is de last time dat I’m goin’ to get on de hog [...] Dis is de fourt’ winter dat I’ve had to “hobo” it and I’m tired’.
[US]Coconino Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 3 Dec. 5/1: [The building] was constructed as a reform school. It might just as well have been built as a refuge for sporting men who are on the hog train, as there are more of them.
[US]S.F. Chronicle 6 Mar. 3: In the hunt for Rudolph, Pinkerton men rode with tramps on brake beams, on the ends of blind baggage cars, in freight cars, ‘on the hog’ — that is to say, on hog and livestock trains — on cow-catchers, and in the crevices of lumber cars.
[US]NY Tribune 28 May 15/5: Cozy made his major league debut [...] three years ago, and after two weeks they put him on the Hog Train.
[US]A.W. Dragstedt ‘No Matter Where You Go’ in Anderson Hobo 213: ‘On the hog’ in Kansas City.
[US]C. Sandburg ‘A.R.U’ in Amer. Songbag 191: I’m still on the hog train flagging my meals.
[US]Hound Head Henry ‘My Silver Dollar Mama’ [lyrics] I got a pocket full of dollars, so you see I ain’t on the hog.

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

[US]E.H. Babbitt ‘College Words and Phrases’ in DN II:i 41: hog, n. In phrase ‘on the hog’ used as adj. Very poor, bad.
[US]J. London Road 159: Salinas is on the ‘hog,’ the ‘bulls’ is ‘horstile.’.
[US] in J.L. Kornbluh Rebel Voices (1964) 76: Things are dull in San Francisco, / On the hog in New Orleans.
[US]C.R. Cooper Under Big Top 229: This road’s on the hog [DA].
[US]G. Milburn ‘Everywhere You Go’ in Hobo’s Hornbook 95: Things are dull in San Francisco, / On the hog in New Orleans.

3. (US campus) at a disadvantage.

[US]A.H. Lewis ‘Crime That Failed’ in Sandburrs 81: In ten hours more dey would have had that bank on d’ hog for fair.

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

[US]A.H. Lewis Sandburrs 188: D’ fam’ly was on d’ hog for fair when Bridgy gets there. [Ibid.] 288: His ratty eyes—one of ’em on d’ hog, as I states.

5. (US) depressed.

[US]Ade Artie (1963) 29: On the hog, that’s all. Been feelin’ rotten all day.

6. (US campus) honest.

[US]W.C. Gore Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 17: hog train, to be strictly on the To be fair, honest. ‘That isn’t cheating; it’s strictly on the hog train.’.
whole hog (n.)

see separate entry.

Verbs meaning to masturbate

belt one’s hog
[US](con. 1940s) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 43: Guys who shit on the sidewalk. Panty sniffers [...] The guy who belts his hog on the Number 43 bus there.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 274: My kid Brandon sneaks down to watch her and belt his hog.
hug the hog
Y Porn.com [Internet] Join this porn site and hug the hog!

In exclamations