Four dogs of different breeds.
An example of a dog is a beagle.
nounpl. dogs or
- any of a large and varied group of domesticated canines (Canis familiaris) often kept as a house pet or used for hunting, guarding people or property, etc.
- any of various wild canines
- the male of a canine
- a mean, contemptible fellow
- a prairie dog, dogfish, or other animal thought to resemble a dog
Origin of dog< its orig. shape: cf. Fr chenet an andiron; firedog
- Informal a person: lucky dog
- [pl.]Slang feet
- Informal hot dog (sense )
- an unattractive or unpopular person
- an unsatisfactory thing or unsuccessful venture
- Mech. any of several devices for holding or grappling
- a parhelion; sundog
- a fogdog
Origin of dogME, generalized in sense from late, rare Old English docga, dogga (usual hund: see hound) from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbdogged, dog′ging
- to follow, hunt, or track down doggedly
- to hold or secure with a mechanical dog
Origin of dog< phr. as ___ as a dog
a dog's age
a dog's life
dog in the manger
Origin of dogfrom the fable of Aesop in which a dog stays in an ox's manger and keeps the ox from eating the hay, even though the dog cannot eat it himself
every dog has his day
go to the dogs
let sleeping dogs lie
put on the dog
teach an old dog new tricks
the Greater Dog
the Lesser Dog
- A domesticated carnivorous mammal (Canis familiaris syn. Canis lupus subsp. familiaris) occurring as a wide variety of breeds, many of which are traditionally used for hunting, herding, drawing sleds, and other tasks, and are kept as pets.
- Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, such as the dingo.
- A male animal of the family Canidae, especially of a fox or a domesticated breed.
- Any of various other animals, such as the prairie dog.
- Informal a. A person: You won, you lucky dog.b. A person regarded as contemptible: You stole my watch, you dog.
- Slang a. A person regarded as unattractive or uninteresting.b. Something of inferior or low quality: “The President had read the speech to some of his friends and they told him it was a dog” ( John P. Roche )c. An investment that produces a low return or a loss.
- dogs Slang The feet.
- See andiron.
- Slang A hot dog; a wiener.
- Any of various hooked or U-shaped metallic devices used for gripping or holding heavy objects.
- Astronomy A sundog.
transitive verbdogged, dog·ging, dogs
- To track or trail persistently: “A stranger then is still dogging us” ( Arthur Conan Doyle )
- To hold or fasten with a mechanical device: “Watertight doors and hatches were dropped into place and dogged down to give the ship full watertight integrity” ( Tom Clancy )
- a. To be persistently or inescapably associated with: Questions about his youthful indiscretions dogged him throughout his career.b. To be recurrently or persistently in the mind; haunt: Despair dogged him in his final years.
Origin of dogMiddle English dogge cur, ordinary dog (often as opposed to a hunting hound or other valuable dog) from Old English docga dog, perhaps originally a diminutive or a hypocorism meaning “Darky, Dusky,” from dox dark, dusky ( for the formation, compare Old English frox frog ) ( and frogga frog, perhaps originally a diminutive )
- A mammal, Canis lupus familiaris, that has been domesticated for thousands of years, of highly variable appearance due to human breeding.
- The dog barked all night long.
- A male dog, wolf or fox, as opposed to a bitch (often attributive).
- (derogatory) A dull, unattractive girl or woman.
- She’s a real dog.
- (slang) A man.
- You lucky dog! He's a sly dog.
- (slang, derogatory) A coward.
- Come back and fight, you dogs!
- (derogatory) Someone who is morally reprehensible.
- You dirty dog.
- Any of various mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening something, particularly with a tooth-like projection.
- A click or pallet adapted to engage the teeth of a ratchet-wheel, to restrain the back action; a click or pawl. (See also: ratchet, windlass)
- A metal support for logs in a fireplace.
- The dogs were too hot to touch.
- A hot dog.
- (poker slang) Underdog
- (slang, almost always in the plural) feet.
- "My dogs are barking!" meaning "My feet hurt!"
(third-person singular simple present dogs, present participle dogging, simple past and past participle dogged)
- To pursue with the intent to catch.
- To follow in an annoying way, to constantly be affected by.
- The woman cursed him so that trouble would dog his every step.
- (nautical) To fasten a hatch securely.
- It is very important to dog down these hatches...
- (intransitive, emerging usage in UK) To watch, or participate, in sexual activity in a public place, on the pretence of walking the dog; see also dogging.
- I admit that I like to dog at my local country park.
- (intransitive) To intentionally restrict one's productivity as employee; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished.
- A surprise inspection of the night shift found that some workers were dogging it.
- (intransitive, with up) To position oneself on all fours, after the manner of a dog.
- I'd ask why you're dogged up in the middle of the room, but I probably don't want to know...
From Middle English dogge, from Old English docga (“hound, powerful breed of dog”), a pet-form diminutive of Old English *docce (“muscle”) (found in compound fingerdocce (“finger-muscle”) with suffix -ga (compare frocga (“frog”), picga (“pig”)). Cognate with Scots dug (“dog”). The true origin is unknown, but one possibility is from Proto-Germanic *dukkǭ (“power, strength, muscle”), though this may just be confusion with dock. In the 16th century, it superseded Old English hund and was adopted by several continental European languages.