Origin of hoagiealtered from hoggie ( from hog): so named probably after Hog Island Shipyard (Philadelphia), in the 1930s, from the sandwich's popularity among shipyard workers
Origin of hoagieAlteration of hoggy
- A sandwich made on a (usually soft) long Italian roll.
- I am going to Wawa to get a hoagie for lunch.
Common term in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. Reportedly derived from a term for Italian immigrants who worked at the Hog Island ship yards (hoggies) in the Delaware River during World War I, who packed such sandwiches for lunch.