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Dog \Dog\ \dôg\


  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. [syn: domestic dog, Canis familiaris] Translations: da: hund, de: Hund, eo: hundo, et: koer, es: perro, fr: chien, nl: hond, no: hund, pl: pies, pt: cachorro, sv: hund
  2. a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman; "she got a reputation as a frump"; "she's a real dog" [syn: frump]
  3. informal term for a man: "you lucky dog"
  4. pejorative term for someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog" [syn: cad, bounder, blackguard, hound, heel]
  5. a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward [syn: pawl, detent, click]
  6. metal supports for logs in a fireplace; "the andirons were too hot to touch" [syn: andiron, firedog, dogiron]

Plural form: dogs


  1. go after with the intent to catch [syn: chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, go after, track]
  2. Nautical To fasten a hatch securely, "It is very important to dog down these hatches...." [1].


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

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