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hot dog

[n. hot dawg; interj. hot dawg] /n. ˈhɒt ˌdɔg; interj. ˈhɒt ˈdɔg/
a frankfurter.
a sandwich consisting of a frankfurter in a split roll, usually eaten with mustard, sauerkraut, or relish.
Also, hotdog, hot dogger, hotdogger, hot-dogger. Informal.
  1. a person who performs complex, showy, and sometimes dangerous maneuvers, especially in surfing or skiing.
  2. a show-off, especially in sports.
Informal. (used to express great joy or delight.)
Origin of hot dog
1895-1900, Americanism


or hotdog

[hot-dawg, -dog] /ˈhɒtˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/ Informal.
verb (used without object), hot-dogged, hot-dogging.
to perform unusual or very intricate maneuvers in a sport, especially surfing or skiing.
to perform in a recklessly or flamboyantly skillful manner, as in a sport or athletic activity; show off.
skillful or excellent, as in sports performance.
of, indicating, or for a type of sports activity, especially surfing or skiing, in which intricate and potentially dangerous stunts are performed.
intended or done to draw attention; showy or sensational. Unabridged
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  • An electric in front of the hot dog and a big arc-light over the door of the smelter lighted the upturned faces of the multitude.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • Then he looked into the eyes of hot dog the Tiger and saw something hungry.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • While he was talking the crowd slowly was swelling in front of the hot dog saloon.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • I wish,” sez he, “I wish we could stop off somewheres and git a hot dog.

    Samantha at Coney Island Marietta Holley
  • But the remarkable part of it was that Nita wept too, big, hot dog tears which her master wiped away.

    The Shape of Fear Elia W. Peattie
British Dictionary definitions for hot dog

hot dog1

a sausage, esp a frankfurter, served hot in a long roll split lengthways
Word Origin
C20: from the supposed resemblance of the sausage to a dachshund

hot dog2

(mainly US) a person who performs showy acrobatic manoeuvres when skiing or surfing
verb hot-dog, -dogs, -dogging, -dogged
(intransitive) to perform a series of manoeuvres in skiing, surfing, etc, esp in a showy manner
Word Origin
C20: from US hot dog!, exclamation of pleasure, approval, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hot dog

also hotdog, "sausage on a split roll," c.1890, popularized by cartoonist T.A. Dorgan. It is said to echo a 19c. suspicion (occasionally justified) that sausages contained dog meat. Meaning "someone particularly skilled or excellent" (with overtones of showing off) is from 1896. Connection between the two senses, if any, is unclear. Hot dog! as an exclamation of approval was in use by 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hot dog

hot dog


An exclamation of delight, gratification, relish, etc; hot damn, hot shit: Did you have a good time? ''Hot dog!'' (1906+)


  1. : a hot-dog stand/ embattled hot-dog vendor
  2. : I don't appreciate that hot-dog garbage in my ball park

noun phrase

  1. A frankfurter or a frankfurter sandwich (1900+)
  2. hot shot (1900+)


: Walter is one of the good guys, not a hot dog (1966+)

verb phrase

  1. To perform in a brilliant, spectacular way, esp in order to seize the admiration of an audience; grandstand, play to the grandstand, show off: a little careless against Bob Cousy's Royals, hot-dogging their passes and loosening their defenses (1960s+)
  2. To surf spectacularly: Surfers may ''hot dog,'' do acrobatics (1960s+ Surfers)
  3. To do hot-dog skiing (1970s+ Skiers)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with hot dog

hot dog

A person who performs showy, often dangerous stunts, especially but not exclusively in sports; also, a showoff. For example, He was a shameless hot dog on the tennis court, smashing every ball, or She was a hot dog behind the wheel, screeching her wheels at every turn. The relation of this term to the edible hot dog is unknown. [ ; c. 1900 ]
Also, hot diggety dog; hot diggety. An interjection expressing delight or enthusiasm, as in Hot dog! What a great gift, or Hot diggety! We got the best concert tickets after all. [ ; c. 1900 ]
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