hangdog

[hang-dawg, -dog]
adjective
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; sneaky; furtive.
noun
4.
Archaic. a degraded, contemptible person.

Origin:
1670–80; hang + dog


2. ashamed, contrite, crestfallen.


1. confident, assured.
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hangdog (ˈhæŋˌdɒɡ)
 
adj
1.  downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner
 
n
2.  a furtive or sneaky person

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Example sentences
He had a stunted, impoverished look and a hangdog air of perpetual defeat.
Despite the smeared state of his career, there was nothing hangdog about him.
In the face of hangdog troop withdrawals, daily violence continues to plague both countries.
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