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shaggy-dog story

noun

Simple Definition of shaggy-dog story

  • : a long story or joke with an ending that is disappointing or that makes no sense

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shaggy-dog story

old-fashioned

  1. :  a long story or joke with an ending that is disappointing or that makes no sense

Word by Word Definitions

shaggy-dogplay
  1. :  of, relating to, or being a long-drawn-out circumstantial story concerning an inconsequential happening that impresses the teller as humorous or interesting but the hearer as boring and pointless

    :  of, relating to, or being a similar humorous story whose humor lies in the pointlessness or irrelevance of the punch line

storyplay
  1. :  history

    :  history

    :  an account of incidents or events

  1. :  to narrate or describe in story

    :  to adorn with a story or a scene from history

  1. :  the space in a building between two adjacent floor levels or between a floor and the roof

    :  a set of rooms in such a space

    :  a unit of measure equal to the height of the story of a building


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