yellow dogyellow dog
- A mean or contemptible person or thing.
- A staunchly loyal member of the Democratic Party who consistently supports other Democrats.
Origin of yellow dogFrom Southern regional yaller dog, yellow dog, mongrel dog with a yellowish coat, cowardly dog. Sense 2, so called because it was said that such Democrats would vote for the party's candidate even if it nominated a yaller dog.
(plural Yellow Dogs)
- Alternative capitalization of yellow dog., chiefly used when the word has the sense "Carolina dog" or the sense "Yellow Dog Democrat".