Share this entry
hangdog Syllabification: hang·dog
Pronunciation: /ˈhaNGˌdôɡ/

Definition of hangdog in English:


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.
shamefaced, sheepish, abashed, ashamed, guilty-looking, abject, cowed, dejected, downcast, crestfallen, woebegone, disconsolate
Definition of hangdog in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words