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hangdog

[hang-dawg, -dog] /ˈhæŋˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
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 of hangdog
1670-1680
1670-80; hang + dog
Synonyms
2. ashamed, contrite, crestfallen.
Antonyms
1. confident, assured.
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  • The look in Trenwith's eyes, and the sheepish, hangdog expression of his whole face made Eleanor gasp.

  • They say he couldn't look such a miserable, hangdog wretch for nothing.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • To that hangdog creature might fall the task of driving Betty home!

    My Little Sister Elizabeth Robins
  • He straightened and a little of the hangdog servility dropped away.

  • There was no lowering of the eyelids when they confessed; no hangdog look about the mouth.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Their political creed may be summed up by the word "loot;" their personal appearance by the word "hangdog."

  • It had lost its sense of cheerful riot, and wore a chastened, hangdog air.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • I couldn't blame them; I guess I had a sort of pasty face and hangdog look.

British Dictionary definitions for hangdog

hangdog

/ˈhæŋˌdɒɡ/
adjective
1.
downcast, furtive, or guilty in appearance or manner
noun
2.
a furtive or sneaky person
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