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[hoh-gee] /ˈhoʊ gi/
noun, plural hoagies. New Jersey and Pennsylvania (chiefly Philadelphia) .
a hero sandwich.
Also, hoagie.
1965-70, Americanism; a number of anecdotal hypotheses have been advanced as to the orig. of the word, most claiming it to be derivative of hog, either in reference to pork as an ingredient, or as an epithet for a person capable of eating such a sandwich, or alluding to Hog Island, an industrial and shipping area of South Philadelphia; but corroborating evidence is lacking; see -ie
Regional variation note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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