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 One of the hot topics before the race was how much drivers would use the 110-foot wide apron on Phoenix Raceway's dogleg turn. David Brandt, ajc, 13 Mar. 2022 Nowhere is that more evident than on the seventh hole with the sharp dogleg right guarded by a pond. Globe Staff,, 10 June 2022 As a member of the San Diego State golf team and later as a touring pro, watching on TV as players teed off on the first hole, cutting their drives around the majestic Georgia pines that frame the dogleg right. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 One of the hot topics before the race was how much drivers would use the 110-foot wide apron on Phoenix Raceway’s dogleg turn. David Brandt, The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2022 Rather than play the 581-yard hole as a dogleg right, the way it was designed, the game's longest hitter chose the straightest route. Jim Litke, ajc, 25 Sep. 2021 DeChambeau mashed driver at the par-5 fifth hole, taking an angle that course designer Pete Dye never imagined at the double-dogleg. USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 Offered in Luxe, Essential and Sensory trim levels, the 2022 Infiniti QX55, thankfully eschews the awkward and ugly dogleg kink in the vehicle’s C-pillar, a look that was distinctive, but not handsome. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 July 2021 Phoenix, which took over as the title track after NASCAR moved the race from Homestead last year, is a 1-mile dogleg oval., 15 July 2021 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 See More

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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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