dog·​house | \ ˈdȯg-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce doghouse (audio) \

Definition of doghouse

1 : a shelter for a dog
2 : a state of disfavor often used in the phrase in the doghouse

Examples of doghouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One enterprising family’s boys built a doghouse out of wood scraps and then helped construct their own cornhole game. oregonlive, "Home, garden projects beckon as coronavirus keeps folks home: The Pecks," 8 May 2020 And the addition of Jeudy, Lamb or Ruggs would mean the 49ers wouldn’t have to employ a hope-and-pray strategy by leaning on the likes of in- the-doghouse Dante Pettis or Jalen Hurd, who missed his rookie season in 2019 with a back injury. Eric Branch,, "Now what? The 49ers will look to address several areas in the NFL draft," 29 Mar. 2020 The other was Dante Pettis, who had 11 catches in his second season in 2019 and disappeared into Shanahan’s doghouse. Eric Branch,, "Will 49ers’ 1st-round picks be able to fill significant gaps on the roster?," 26 Apr. 2020 Pets are increasingly treated to the finer things in life, from smart devices that replenish their food bowls, deluxe doghouses designed to look like RV trailers, and cute accessories that outfit them in style for any season. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "At These Dog-Friendly Spas, You and Your Pup Get Massages," 28 Jan. 2020 There seemed to be no place in the Wild lineup for Rask, who had slowly played himself into coach Bruce Boudreau’s doghouse, struggling to make an impact since arriving in the Twin Cities via trade last season. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Young Swede Victor Rask finally finding his niche with Wild," 29 Dec. 2019 The volatile playmaker spent a chunk of his first two years in then-coach Billy Kennedy’s doghouse, but was one of the Aggies’ most explosive players when times were good. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Suspended Texas A&M guard T.J. Starks to enter NCAA transfer portal," 25 Nov. 2019 These days Boomers aren’t the only ones in Gen Z’s doghouse. Dave Murphy,, "OK Boomer — it’s time to step up and reach out to Gen Z," 17 Dec. 2019 Pottery Barn Kids carries a wooden pet set complete with a rabbit and its hutch, a dog and its doghouse, and a cat and its cat bed. Washington Post, "As a novelty or a favorite, wooden toys can make great gifts," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of doghouse

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doghouse was in 1594

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21 May 2020

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“Doghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doghouse

US : an outdoor shelter with a roof for a dog


dog·​house | \ ˈdȯg-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce doghouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of doghouse

: a shelter for a dog
in the doghouse
: in trouble over some wrongdoing

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