doghole

noun

Definition of doghole

1 : a place fit only for dogs
2 : a mean miserable abode
3 : a small opening (as in a mine)
4 West : a small inlet on the coast where ships tie up in order to load lumber

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of doghole

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About doghole

Time Traveler for doghole

Time Traveler

The first known use of doghole was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near doghole

dog hobble

doghole

dog hook

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for doghole

Cite this Entry

“Doghole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doghole. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!