dog·​face ˈdȯg-ˌfās How to pronounce dogface (audio)
: soldier
especially : infantryman

Examples of dogface in a Sentence

during World War II journalist Ernie Pyle gained fame for his sympathetic reports on the wartime experiences of the common dogface
Recent Examples on the Web Fewer know the beer-spewing moment a TV camera lingers upon a friend, or relative, on inglorious display, with feathers, horns, dogface, or fur; clad as pirate, or leprechaun, feisty in top-hat and tails. Tim Kelleher, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024 Stevens even tweeted four dogface emojis following a recent win against the Toronto Raptors. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 12 Nov. 2021 But, per National Geographic, the declines have also pushed less famous species such as the Boisduval’s blue and the California dogface butterfly, California’s state insect, to the brink of extinction. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2021 He isn’t known as a dogface solider boy or mudslinger in South Miami. Alex Butler, miamiherald, 28 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dogface was in 1932

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“Dogface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


dog·​face ˈdȯg-ˌfās How to pronounce dogface (audio)
: an infantry soldier
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