dog·​leg | \ ˈdȯg-ˌleg How to pronounce dogleg (audio) , -ˌlāg \

Definition of dogleg

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: crooked or bent like a dog's hind leg a sharp dogleg bend in the fairway



Definition of dogleg (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : something having an abrupt angle
b : a sharp bend (as in a road)
2 : a golf hole having an angled fairway


doglegged; doglegging; doglegs

Definition of dogleg (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to proceed along a dogleg course the single narrow street that doglegs through town— Russ Leadabrand

Examples of dogleg in a Sentence

Noun a sharp dogleg to the left
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ranking second is the 483-yard par-4 third hole, a sharp dogleg left, at 5,440 over par. Dallas News, 30 May 2021 The finish order for the rest of the field was determined by run times that discounted the nightmarish Ambler to Kobuk dogleg on the course’s east end. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2021 Nowhere was this more evident the past four days than on the par-5 6th hole, a sweeping dogleg left over a large lake known for derailing rounds and generating folklore, none more than John Daly’s 18 during the 1998 API. Edgar Thompson,, 7 Mar. 2021 The severe dogleg left wraps around a big lake, making the distance from tee to green in the 350-pound range — or well within DeChambeau’s wheelhouse. Edgar Thompson,, 4 Mar. 2021 Mickelson took double bogey after hitting out-of-bounds on the par-4 13th and appeared to be in trouble when his tee shot on No. 15 rolled into a pond at the corner of the dogleg. John Marshall, ajc, 27 Feb. 2021 The seven-speed shift pattern did not require much getting used to, as reverse is a dogleg off to the left. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2020 About 150 feet beyond the track's unusual start/finish line location, which is just before the signature dogleg bend, is an arrow painted on the asphalt. Michael Knight, The Arizona Republic, 8 Nov. 2020 An N95-masked Azoff takes a seat on a patio with a view of hallowed ground — the first hole of the Pebble Beach course, a dogleg-right par 4 with a priceless view of the bay. Alex Pappademas, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dorian doglegged north along the state’s Atlantic coast and barely tousled Floridians, but the storm’s costs for electric utilities were still significant as the price of living in the nation’s most hurricane-prone state. Kevin Spear,, 18 Nov. 2019 The par-5 18th plays 597, doglegs right and features the bigger-than-ever lake over which pros will have to fly their approach shots to reach the green in two. Tad Reeve, Twin Cities, 3 June 2019 Rather than doglegging, these startling twists come back around on their stories, deepening their mystery. Gabe Habash,, 2 Mar. 2018 Suddenly, downtown’s grand old shopping district that doglegged from Houston Street to Joske’s on Alamo Plaza was looking old-fashioned, despite the convenient bus that shuttled customers to stores for just 5 cents. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Jan. 2018 Current projections suggest that Hurricane Irma will dogleg right toward Florida this weekend, putting the state’s lengthy shoreline squarely in its path. Eric Roston,, 7 Sep. 2017 Finally, there is the challenge of the route itself, which juts and weaves and doglegs with exhausting regularity. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of dogleg


1671, in the meaning defined above


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Dogleg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dogleg

: a place where a road, golf course, etc., bends or turns sharply

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