Yellow-dog meaning

A mean or contemptible person or thing.
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A staunchly loyal member of the Democratic Party who consistently supports other Democrats.
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Alternative capitalization of yellow dog., chiefly used when the word has the sense "Carolina dog" or the sense "Yellow Dog Democrat".
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Origin of yellow-dog

  • From 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
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition