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dog·​leg ˈdȯg-ˌleg How to pronounce dogleg (audio)
: crooked or bent like a dog's hind leg
a sharp dogleg bend in the fairway


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


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doglegged; doglegging; doglegs

intransitive verb

: to proceed along a dogleg course
the single narrow street that doglegs through townRuss Leadabrand

Examples of dogleg in a Sentence

Noun a sharp dogleg to the left
Recent Examples on the Web
McIlroy and his caddie trooped down the hill and into the tree on the dogleg only to be directed to his ball — at the edge of the crosswalk at the bottom of the hill. Bob Spear, Charlotte Observer, 14 Apr. 2024 Facing a daunting dogleg to the right off the tee, Pelzar launched a drive over the trees, cutting the dogleg. Cam Kerry,, 18 Oct. 2022 Lin, 26-year-old from Guangzhou, China, reached the putting surface in two shots on the 540-yard dogleg left and holed a 10-foot putt. Dallas News, 29 Sep. 2022 The dogleg pattern allows easier shifting from second to third and back without having to slide the shifter sideways. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Mar. 2020 Moments prior, Newgarden and O’Ward were bumping wheels coming through the front straight dogleg in the makings of a finish that had looked so unlikely an hour prior. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2023 Just after the pair completed Lap 247, O’Ward inched ahead on the front stretch dogleg. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2023 But this ain't no dogleg, dog. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 30 July 2022 This transformation took the center’s dogleg plan and squared it off, adding another million square feet of space. Dallas News, 27 July 2022
In the days leading up to the storm’s landfall, weather nerds had been freaking out about its anticipated inland track (such systems typically dogleg back out to the Atlantic) and collision with an extratropical cyclone. Nick Heil, Outside Online, 25 June 2013 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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Word History

First Known Use


1671, in the meaning defined above


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dogleg was in 1671

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“Dogleg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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