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Definition of "hangdog" []

  • Shamefaced or guilty. (adjective)
  • Downcast; intimidated. (adjective)
  • A sneaky or despicable person. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hangdog" in a sentence
  • "I'm an Obama supporter, but that WaPo piece on "hangdog" pictures was a cheap shot at Clinton -- esp since hers was the only "hangdog" picture shown."
  • "Tamara put on an abject expression, tilting her head in a hangdog way."
  • "They were mostly short, hangdog-cheerful men in shabby suits."