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 Ongais slows to a crawl on the vertigo-inducing rise that follows the dogleg left up to the rock-'em-sock-'em mineshaft plummet to the right. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 Risk remains, with criticism at the ready around any dogleg. Steve Dimeglio, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Golfers say the time is at hand for PGA Tour to return safely," 13 May 2020 Will need to position himself well off the tee in order to combat the difficult dogleg angles and the bunkers surrounding many of the greens. 19. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "ZOZO Championship: Fantasy Golf Power Rankings," 22 Oct. 2019 After launching, the rocket will make a dogleg around Miami in Southern Florida but will overfly Cuba. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit targets Mars, SpaceX to launch rideshares on time," 11 Oct. 2019 The frame of the 2,370-pound Microbus was in excellent condition, but had the typical areas of rust, such as the doglegs ahead of the front wheels and the rocker panel. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1969 Volkswagen Transporter: Functional pickup truck was built on that same platform as the Beetle," 20 July 2019 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 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,, "What Hurricane Dorian’s miss cost Florida utilities," 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, "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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“Dogleg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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