dog·​gy | \ ˈdȯ-gē How to pronounce doggy (audio) \
variants: or doggie
plural doggies

Definition of doggy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually small dog


dog·​gy | \ ˈdȯ-gē How to pronounce doggy (audio) \
doggier; doggiest

Definition of doggy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : concerned with or fond of dogs
2 : resembling or suggestive of a dog doggy odor
3 : stylish, showy
4 : not worthy or profitable : inferior doggy stocks

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Synonyms for doggy

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of doggy in a Sentence

Noun what a good little doggy!
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its idea of a nefarious character is a spoiled doggy who steals from a picnic basket. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "New PBS adaptation of 'All Creatures Great and Small' offers country comforts," 7 Jan. 2021 In addition to being introduced to BootayBag, Scott and the sharks are pitched portable oatmeal balls GoOats, biodegradable doggy clean up Pooch Paper and P-nuff Crunch, a snack made with peanuts, navy beans, and brown rice. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'My stomach was flipping': Jewelry mogul Kendra Scott enters ABC's 'Shark Tank' as guest shark," 23 Oct. 2020 The home includes a second living area/media/game room, four bedrooms with en suite baths and an expansive utility room with a custom doggy shower. Dallas News, "Dee Evans lists horse property in Pilot Point," 12 Sep. 2020 The gauge measured the force when the butterfly released its grip, and instead began a six-legged doggy paddle. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hand-Reared Monarch Butterflies Are Weaker Than Their Wild Cousins," 10 Apr. 2020 Canine to Five and Detroit Dog Rescue partnered to provide free doggy daycare or overnight boarding to first responders and those in the medical field. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Local doggy daycare offers free care for first responders' pets," 7 Apr. 2020 Along with a doggy bed, menu and food and water bowls in the room, their pet amenity program includes free valet parking and the hotel’s $150 per visit pet fee. Tatia Woldt, Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Where to wear green and more things to do with your pooch," 13 Mar. 2020 Whether your doggy is like mine and howls at the fireworks, or more like the pups above who prefer to hide, there's one thing many dog parents know: and Fireworks are not their pooch's best friend. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "7 Ways to Keep Your Dogs Safe and Calm During the Fireworks This Fourth of July," 2 July 2019 So early in the morning there’s a whole doggy network in the park that takes place. Isabel Wilkinson, New York Times, "How Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece Spends Her Sundays," 20 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Many parishioners bring their dogs along, so the pastors handed out doggy treats along with communion wine. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Rooftop preaching helps bring Hopkins congregation together during COVID-19 pandemic," 26 Mar. 2021 Wow, a doggy daycare and overnight boarding franchise. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Potty Train Your Dog Without Ruining Your Carpet," 26 Mar. 2021 Researchers have used the furballs to show dogs’ ability to understand human pointing—a rarity in the animal kingdom and key to social intelligence—appears to be hardwired in doggy DNA. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "These adorable puppies may help explain why dogs understand our body language," 17 Mar. 2021 The event unites pet parents and lovers for a free day of fun that includes activities such as lure courses, photo stations, a doggy fun zone, a costume contest, a vendor marketplace, food trucks and more. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Pet Alliance’s Paws in the Park returns in May," 10 Mar. 2021 Activities included free nail trimmings, Q & A sessions, doggy photo ops, games and food. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, "New dating apps helping dog, cat lovers connect during COVID-19," 23 Feb. 2021 There was a casual air to the proceedings: Valitutto paused periodically to grab a bite, chat with viewers of the live stream, or pet his terrier mix, Dingo, who took naps in a doggy bed next to the piano. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "“Darkness Sounding” Takes Music Outside," 22 Feb. 2021 This is great for doggy digestion as well as brain functionality. Popular Science, "Dog food bowls that will please any pooch," 19 Feb. 2021 The assemblages’s see-through portals include a doggy door and intricate cutouts, but some possible passageways are blocked by wooden 2-by-4s or slabs of blank plywood. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A towering exhibit offers a new definition of domestic life," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of doggy


1692, in the meaning defined above


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of doggy

informal : a dog


variants: or doggie \ ˈdȯ-​gē \
plural doggies

Kids Definition of doggy

: a usually small or young dog

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