Definition of hangdog in English:

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hangdog

Pronunciation: /ˈhaNGˌdôɡ/

adjective

Having a dejected or guilty appearance; shamefaced: the boys wore hangdog looks as the police marched them down the steps
More example sentences
  • McAvoy is sitting in the Soho Hotel sipping lime and soda and apologising for his hangdog appearance.
  • The air of defeat clings to this hangdog bear from the get-go.
  • So when Zhu appeared on Japanese TV recently, with a hangdog look, speaking of his difficulties, questions surfaced as to whether the reform czar was in trouble again.
Synonyms
shamefaced, sheepish, abashed, ashamed, guilty-looking, abject, cowed, dejected, downcast, crestfallen, woebegone, disconsolate

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Syllabification: hang·dog

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