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From old English docga, middle English dogge, further origin unknown.


[Dog] \Dog\dôg\
IPA: [dɔg], [doƱg]


Plural = dogs

  1. A member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds; "the dog barked all night" Usage Note: The word dog can be used to refer exclusively to the male of the genus, the feminine form being bitch. # A dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman; "she got a reputation as a frump"; "she's a real dog"
  2. Informal term for a man: "you lucky dog"
  3. Pejorative term for someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog" #:Quotations
    • 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.
  4. A hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
  5. Metal supports for logs in a fireplace; "the andirons were too hot to touch"


  1. Go after with the intent to catch
  2. Nautical To fasten a hatch securely, "It is very important to dog down these hatches...." [1].

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