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
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 Some of the co-owners are a little more liberal with doggy treats than others. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Some Warren campaign volunteers in Virginia show dogged determination," 18 Feb. 2020 Please look no further than this precocious Boston Terrier who evidently loves running around the doggy store. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Dog Racing Through This Store Is Truly an Icon When It Comes to Getting Exactly What You Want," 14 Jan. 2020 Enjoy a Trunk or Treat, bounce houses, doggy costume contest, pumpkin decorating station, pony rides, food trucks, children's costume contest, hayrides and music at Talon Stream Park. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Oktoberfests, fall and harvest festivals around Indianapolis," 3 Sep. 2019 Each has your standard adorable doggy head, a reasonable if not slightly longish torso, a lovely coat, captivating eyes and four preposterously short legs. Rex Huppke,, "Column: Hundreds of corgis storm Oregon beach, offering moment of short-legged clarity," 12 Aug. 2019 This sleepy doggy is struggling to keep his eyes open while watching TV with his owners. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Study: 32% of Kentucky pet parents will spend more on pets than partners this Christmas," 4 Dec. 2019 No bars or cages, but doggy TV When a family goes on vacation or needs a place for their pets to stay, dogs can stay in a suite or a condo. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New doggy day care and pet resort planned in Menomonee Falls," 30 Oct. 2019 Nearby were not one but two pet hotels, and a doggy daycare center. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, "Art day in L.A.: A walker’s guide to gallery hopping along Highland Avenue," 30 Sep. 2019 Not even the doggy British can match the canine dramas that colour American public life. The Economist, "Lexington Impoochment," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Prices for pet owners to be a part of The Pack range from $30 to $200 — a five visit punch card and doggy day care will cost dog owners $30, while the annual membership is $200. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's first indoor dog park to open this summer, serve beer and wine," 13 Jan. 2020 Like most responsible dog owners in the city, Emmett Folgert never leaves the house without doggy waste bags., "After seeing George, Folgert went to the shelter and met a skittish, emaciated mutt with some terrier in her. He took her home. Her name is Trixie.," 26 Nov. 2019 The contest includes five categories: best behaved pooch; smallest doggo; largest canine; best doggy trick and best dog costume. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Your holiday event guide for The Woodlands," 2 Dec. 2019 In the past few years, luxury pet amenities have exploded in the region, with everything from structured doggy day care to doggy spas to an indoor water park for dogs, the Argus Leader reported. Katie Nelson,, "Pampered pooches: Doggy day care expands in Sioux Falls," 9 Nov. 2019 This involves creating a doggy sandbox (a square of land with a wooden frame) where she is allowed to dig. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Pet World: How to deter dog from digging holes in back yard," 26 Nov. 2019 Speaking of colorful warmth spotted curbside, winter in San Antonio also means doggy sweater weather. René A. Guzman,, "Cozy up for winter with puro San Antonio hygge," 19 Nov. 2019 The doggy star of the above Viral Hog video has food on the mind — ham, cheese, ketchup and mustard to be more specific — and that’s because this canine is helping their owner make a sandwich. Kelli Bender,, "Why Teach Your Dog to Sit, When You Can Teach Them to Make a Sandwich Instead?," 14 Nov. 2019 There will be all sorts of spooky seasonal activities, including crafts and face painting for those standing on two legs, and doggy trick-or-treating and a fashion show to flaunt your pup’s oh-so-clever whistleblower costume. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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“Doggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce doggy (audio)

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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