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noun (1)

: wretched fellow : mean contemptible person


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noun (2)

: a long slim bolt for uniting two parts at right angles or for securing girders to a supporting post by being driven through one piece then bent and driven into the other
: a bolt used to hold the work in machining


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transitive verb

: to secure with a dogbolt

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English doggebolde, perhaps from dogge dog + bolde bold

Noun (2)

dog entry 1 + bolt

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dogbolt was in the 15th century

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“Dogbolt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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