- (US, UK, General Australian) enPR: dôg, IPA(key): /dɔːɡ/
- (US, Canada, cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /dɑːɡ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːɡ
dawg (plural dawgs)
- Pronunciation spelling of .
- That dawg won't hunt.
- (slang) Dude, bud, pal, used to address a close male friend.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:friend
- Sup, dawg.
- 2014, “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”, performed by Drake:
- All up in my phone, lookin' at pictures from the other night / She gon' be upset if she keep scrollin' to the left, dawg
dawg, rather than dog, may be used for one of two reasons:
1. To emphasise dialect. In some North American English dialects, the /ɔ/ sound is strengthened to /ɔə/, which is quite noticeable to North American English speakers who do not speak such a dialect.
2. To distinguish (and emphasise a distinction) between "dog", the animal, and "dawg", the slang word that is a friendly term of address. dog can be used disparagingly in English, and it carries disparaging connotations in many other languages. As such, there is often a desire to distinguish the term of address from the common noun.
- “dawg”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “dawg”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- Wikipedia article on the cot-caught merger in various English dialects