A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 17, 2013
Hodger

A “hodger” is a guest who eats most of the host’s food and drinks most of the host’s drinks. “Hodger” has been listed in The Online Slang Dictionary since 2002 and is of uncertain origin.

The Rice University Neologisms Database has had an entry for “hodger” since 2008 and gives the etymology “derived from ‘hog’,” but the word could also be derived from “hedgehog” or “hodge.”


The Online Slang Dictionary
hodger
noun
a guest who eats all of the host’s food and drinks all of the host’s drinks.
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Last edited on Dec 04 2002. Submitted by Anonymous on Dec 04 2002

Matt’s Life
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2007
Glossary of Slang
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9. hodger
noun
-a guest who eats all of the host’s food and drinks all of the host’s drinks.
ex.I can’t believe that hodger ate all the cookies and drank all of the milk!

The Rice University Neologisms Database
Hodger
noun; zero derivation
a selfish person who uses others offerings in excess It was used to describe how impolite ones company can be.
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Etymology : hodger. Derived from ‘hog’
Source : A friend
Last modified: 10 June 2008

The Sun (UK)
Words for stuff there aren’t words for
Published: 24th July 2010
BRITISH author Adam Jacot de Boinod fell in love with odd words after discovering that Albanians have 27 different terms for the eyebrow.

In his new book I Never Knew There Was A Word For That, the ex researcher for TV panel game QI has uncovered words used through history to define hard-to-describe body parts and their functions.
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HODGER: Someone who eats all the host’s food and drinks all their drink.

Food Republic
Word Of The Day: Hodger
Oct 11, 2012 12:31 pm
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A hodger is a guest who actively consumes all the host’s food and drinks. You’re definitely not going to get invited to the Hamptons again if you continue this bad habit. Either be sly, lay off or show some respect. We’ve seen it a million times.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, January 17, 2013 • Permalink