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dog·​go ˈdȯ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce doggo (audio)
plural doggos
: dog entry 1 sense 1a
Each roughly 50-minute piece uses the human-dog connection to illuminate social issues, cultural differences, personal suffering, and how our doggos help us understand and overcome them.Jen Chaney
Splayed toes can cause nerve damage in the long term and lack of traction in the short term, which can lead to accidents when your doggo goes zooming after the mailman and loses its footing.Susan Arendt
A dog could sure use a fitness tracker this time of year. All holiday season, ham and turkey has been mysteriously "falling to the floor," right in front of an all-too-willing doggo.Pia Ceres and David Pierce


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dog·​go ˈdȯ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce doggo (audio)
: in hiding to avoid notice or detection
used chiefly in the phrase lie doggo
Lucan said that he would "lie doggo for a bit", and nothing has been heard of him in the past thirteen years.Julian Symons
… nuclear submarines can lie doggo for months on the ocean bed until the designated target comes within reach.Alain Jacob

Examples of doggo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
From being in unimaginable pain with a depressed spirit to a spry, bouncy and excitable doggo, his transformation is just one of thousands seen at AHS every year. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2023 Yes Astoria-Warrenton-Seaside KOA (Astoria, Oregon) Comb the beaches of Astoria with your doggo using this quaint coastal Oregon campsite as your home base. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 8 Aug. 2023 Texas Beef Stew is a grain-free dog food with non-GMO veggies and a hearty protein that will satisfy even the most finicky doggo, thanks to flavorful ingredients. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 Ideas include finding a way to flip the dog over, grab the hatch for the battery pack, and remove the doggo's lithium-ion power. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 27 Feb. 2021 While most of our panelists only jog, run, or hike with their pups on-leash, a couple of our testers often let their doggos run free when there are fewer people or cars around. Mike Richard, Women's Health, 23 Aug. 2023 How to Feed Your Dog Tomatoes Before feeding your doggo a tomato, some prep work needs to happen first. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 29 July 2023 The only thing better than the incredible aromas is the smiles the adorable doggos will undoubtedly induce during your time traipsing through the forest. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 24 July 2023 The energetic doggo also most certainly loves to dance in his own way. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2023 See More

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Word History



dog entry 1 + -o entry 1, perhaps after doggo entry 2


probably from dog entry 1

First Known Use


1986, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doggo was in 1886

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“Doggo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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