(chiefly british slang) One who does menial work; a drudge.
(brit., informal) A person appointed or hired to do menial work; drudge.
Origin of dogsbody
- British slang naval rations (obsolete), midshipman
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.