General English


  • In masonry, a course which is not level, usually because the mason's line was incorrectly set and/or pulled.
  • A closer in the middle of a course.
  • A machine to grind waste wood into chips for fuel or other purposes.


  • A general term for pig
  • A castrated male pig reared for slaughter


  • noun a motorcycle. A word popular with American Hell’s Angels of the late 1950s and 1960s and their British and Australian imitators. The word originally referred specifically and affectionately to Harley Davidsons, the Hell’s Angels’ preferred machines. (Hog is the standard American term for pig.).
  • noun an angry or unpleasant woman. An Americanism which, unlike the similar pig or dog, has not been adopted in other English-speaking areas.
  • noun PCP, angel dust. This disorienting narcotic, phencyclidine, is an animal tranquilliser used on pigs, among other species.

Origin & History of “hog”

Hog generally means ‘pig’, of course, and has done so since the late Old English period, but it is also a technical term used by farmers and stockmen for a ‘young sheep before its first sheering’, a usage which seems to go back at least to the 14th century, so it could well be that originally the term hog denoted not a type of animal, but its age. Its ultimate source may have been Celtic.