Origin of dogsbodyfrom British navy slang: a junior officer; origin, originally , a dish made from dried peas boiled in water
Origin of dogsbodyBritish slang naval rations (obsolete), midshipman
(third-person singular simple present dogsbodies, present participle dogsbodying, simple past and past participle dogsbodied)
- To act as a dogsbody, to do menial work:
dog's + body. 1818, British navy slang, originally derogatory reference to unappetizing pease pudding (compare dog's breakfast), as if it were made of mashed dog meat. In 20th century applied to low-ranked sailors, thence menial servants in wider usage.