hangdog
I. adjective Date: 1677 1. sad, dejected 2. sheepish II. noun Date: 1687 a despicable or miserable person

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  • Hangdog — Hang dog , a. Low; sneaking; ashamed. [1913 Webster] The poor colonel went out of the room with a hangdog look. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hangdog — [haŋ′dôg΄] n. 1. Archaic a person considered fit only for hanging dogs, or to be hanged like a dog 2. a contemptible, sneaking person adj. 1. contemptible; sneaking 2. ashamed and cringing [a hangdog expression] …   English World dictionary

  • Hangdog — Hang dog ( d[o^]g ), n. A base, degraded person; a sneak; a gallows bird. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hangdog — index furtive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hangdog — [adj] shamefaced ashamed, browbeaten, conscience stricken, cowering, defeated, downcast, guilty, intimidated, sheepish, wretched; concept 403 …   New thesaurus

  • hangdog — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a dejected or guilty appearance; shamefaced …   English terms dictionary

  • hangdog — /hang dawg , dog /, adj. 1. browbeaten; defeated; intimidated; abject: He always went about with a hangdog look. 2. shamefaced; guilty: He sneaked out of the room with a hangdog expression. 3. suitable to a degraded or contemptible person;… …   Universalium

  • hangdog — hang|dog [ˈhæŋdɔg US do:g] adj hangdog expression/look an expression that shows you feel sorry or ashamed about something ▪ I could tell from his hangdog look that things had gone badly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hangdog — [[t]hæ̱ŋdɒg, AM dɔːg[/t]] also hang dog ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you say that someone has a hangdog expression on their face, you mean that they look sad, and often guilty or ashamed. Everybody missed her, Stan said with a hangdog look …   English dictionary

  • hangdog — 1. noun A base, degraded person; a sneak; a gallows bird. 2. adjective Low; sneaking; ashamed. The poor colonel went out of the room with a hangdog look …   Wiktionary

  • hangdog — adj. Hangdog is used with these nouns: ↑expression, ↑look …   Collocations dictionary

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