guilty vs hangdog what difference

what is difference between guilty and hangdog



From Middle English gilty, gulty, from Old English gyltiġ (offending, guilty); equivalent to guilt +‎ -y.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡɪl.ti/
  • Rhymes: -ɪlti


guilty (comparative guiltier or more guilty, superlative guiltiest or most guilty)

  1. Responsible for a dishonest act.
  2. (law) Judged to have committed a crime.
  3. Having a sense of guilt.
  4. Blameworthy.
    • At twilight in the summer [] the mice come out. They [] eat the luncheon crumbs. Mr. Checkly, for instance, always brought his dinner in a paper parcel in his coat-tail pocket, and ate it when so disposed, sprinkling crumbs lavishly—the only lavishment of which he was ever guilty—on the floor.


  • culpable
  • shildy (dialectal)


  • not guilty
  • innocent

Derived terms

  • guilty as sin

Related terms

  • unguilty



guilty (plural guilties)

  1. (law) A plea by a defendant who does not contest a charge.
  2. (law) A verdict of a judge or jury on a defendant judged to have committed a crime.
  3. One who is declared guilty of a crime.



hang +‎ dog


hangdog (plural hangdogs)

  1. A base, degraded person.
    Synonyms: sneak, gallows bird; see also Thesaurus:gallows bird



hangdog (not comparable)

  1. Low; sneaking; ashamed.
    • 1951, Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1974 Panther Books Ltd publication), part V: “The Merchant Princes”, chapter 16, page 180:
      Asper Argo, the Well-Beloved, Commdor of the Korellian Republic greeted his wife’s entry by a hangdog lowering of his scanty eyebrows. To her at least, his self-adopted epithet did not apply. Even he knew that.



hangdog (third-person singular simple present hangdogs, present participle hangdogging, simple past and past participle hangdogged)

  1. To move or loiter in a sneaking or ashamed manner.
    • 2012, Wendy Delsol, Flock (page 230)
      With a twenty-one to three victory, Pinewood high-stepped it off the field while our Falcons hangdogged their way to the locker room.
    • 2017, David Eric Tomlinson, The Midnight Man (page 37)
      Just a few stragglers left hangdogging around, latchkey types with no place to be, cutting up in the dim and bleachered gym perimeter.

Further reading

  • hangdog at OneLook Dictionary Search

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