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


a sharp dogleg to the left

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For my money, the best hole on the property is the sixth, a soft dogleg left with the Ammonoosuc River guarding the right side. Michael Whitmer,, "A golf fanatic picks the 18 best holes to play on New England courses," 20 June 2019 This dogleg right requires a precise tee shot to avoid the trees on the left and fairway bunkers on the right. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic: Hole-by-hole breakdown at Detroit Golf Club," 26 June 2019 Emerald Valley Golf Club, Creswell The layout won’t overwhelm as far as aesthetics, but with at least nine dogleg holes, the course will challenge your creativity., "20 accessible golf courses you should play in Oregon," 14 June 2019 And the course’s sharp doglegs, towering trees and narrow fairways limit the use of drivers to a handful of holes. D.r., The Economist, "Pebble Beach should give shorter hitters a chance at the U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 All 333 meters of this vessel— nearly 1,100 feet of cargo ship—must make a dogleg turn to stay within the confines of this narrow shipping channel. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 First up is the 506-yard, par-4 16th, a dogleg right that has water left of the green. Daniel Rapaport,, "Wells Fargo Championship Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 2 May 2018 The finishing hole is one of the most visually intimidating holes on the PGA Tour​, a 494-yard dogleg left with an elevated tee and water all along the left side. Daniel Rapaport,, "Wells Fargo Championship Preview: History, Field, Odds, Predictions," 2 May 2018 And the start/finish line will be moved to a wide stretch just before what's now known as the dogleg. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "ISM Raceway renovations: control tower demolished, construction hits homestretch," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Tad Reeve: Can TPC Twin Cities stand up to PGA Tour’s best at 3M Open?," 3 June 2019 Rather than doglegging, these startling twists come back around on their stories, deepening their mystery. Gabe Habash,, "Superb storytelling is packed into Thomas McGuane's essential new collection, 'Cloudbursts'," 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, "North Star Mall marked 50th anniversary in 2010," 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,, "Florida’s Beaches Await Irma’s Erosion Wrath," 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, "The Wreck of Amtrak 188," 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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English Language Learners Definition of dogleg

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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