see also: DOG, Dog
  • (RP) IPA: /dɒɡ/
  • (America) enPR: dôg, IPA: /dɔɡ/
  • (America, Canada, cot-caught) IPA: /dɑɡ/

dog (plural dogs)

  1. 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.
  2. Any member of the Family Canidae, including domestic dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals, foxes, and their relatives (extant and extinct); canid.
  3. (often, attributive) A male dog, wolf or fox, as opposed to a bitch or vixen.
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, page 149:
      Firstly, he was there to encourage and assist the hounds (a scratch pack – mostly dog-hounds drafted from fox-hound kennels because they were over-sized) […].
  4. (slang, derogatory) A dull, unattractive girl or woman.
    She’s a real dog.
  5. (slang) A man (derived from definition 2).
    You lucky dog!
    He's a silly dog.
  6. (slang, derogatory) A coward.
    Come back and fight, you dogs!
  7. (derogatory) Someone who is morally reprehensible.
    • Bible, 2 Books of Kings viii. 13 (Rev. Ver.)
      What is thy servant, which is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?
    • 1599, Robert Greene, Alphonsus, King of Aragon (1599). Act 3.
      Blasphemous dog, I wonder that the earth / Doth cease from renting vnderneath thy feete, / To swallow vp those cankred corpes of thine.
    You dirty dog.
  8. (slang) A sexually aggressive man (cf. horny).
  9. Any of various mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening something, particularly with a tooth-like projection.
  10. 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)
  11. A metal support for logs in a fireplace.
    • 1902, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
      In the great old-fashioned fireplace behind the high iron dogs a log-fire crackled and snapped.
    The dogs were too hot to touch.
  12. (cartomancy) The eighteenth Lenormand card.
  13. A hot dog.
  14. (poker slang) Underdog.
  15. (slang, almost always in the plural) Foot.
    My dogs are barking!
  16. (Cockney rhyming slang) (from "dog and bone") Phone or mobile phone.
    My dog is dead.
  17. One of the cones used to divide up a racetrack when training horses.
  18. shortened form of dog meat.
    Did you know that in South Korea, they eat dog?
  19. (film, slang) A flop; a film that performs poorly at the box office.
    • 1969, Ski (volume 34, number 4, page 121)
      Blue was released, and as Redford had predicted, it was a dog.
    • 2012, Ronald L. Davis, Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne
      “When The Alamo was coming out, the word of mouth on it was that it was a dog,” Chase said.
Synonyms Verb

dog (dogs, present participle dogging; past and past participle dogged)

  1. (transitive) To pursue with the intent to catch.
  2. (transitive) To follow in an annoying or harassing way.
    The woman cursed him so that trouble would dog his every step.
  3. (transitive, nautical) To fasten a hatch securely.
    It is very important to dog down these hatches...
  4. (intransitive, emerging usage in British) To watch, or participate, in sexual activity in a public place.
    I admit that I like to dog at my local country park.
  5. (intransitive, transitive) 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.
  6. (transitive) To criticize.
  7. (transitive, military) To divide (a watch) with a comrade.
    • 1902, Winfield Scott Schley, Record of Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry
      A. We never stood 4 to 8 p.m. watches, sir. We dogged our watches.
      Q. I suppose that is 6 to 8 p.m., then; it is a little indistinct. I mean the second dog watch.
    • 2015, Tom Vetter, 30,000 Leagues Undersea
      Meanwhile, we dogged the watch sections so that both halves of the crew could fetch full sea bags of uniforms and gear […]
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Proper noun
  1. A name given to a dog or sometimes other animals
  2. A nickname for a person, especially a tough man
    • 1994, Larry Woody, A Dixie Farewell: The Life and Death of Chucky Mullins
      Brewer, whose coaching nickname is "Dog," recognized that same stubborn, dogged determination in Mullins.
  3. (humorous) The language supposedly spoken by dogs
    • 2015, Harper Lin, Pawsitively Dead: A Wonder Cats Mystery
      I blinked. “I thought you were talking to Blake about a dog.”
      “Cath,” Jake said, “I'm trying to be more open about this. Didn't you just say that you could talk to animals?”
      The realization dawned on me. “I don't speak Dog very well, but it's worth a try.”
  4. The eleventh of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.
  5. (Geordie, slang) Newcastle Brown Ale
    • 2006, Verity Stob, The Best of Verity Stob (page 8)
      This article celebrates the fine city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, situated in northeast England, and its gentle inhabitants, the Geordies. […] Oh yes. Nothing like a pint of dog to establish oneself as a suave sophisticate.

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