dog

noun, often attributive
\ ˈdȯg How to pronounce dog (audio) , ˈdäg How to pronounce dog (audio) \

Definition of dog

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : canid wolves, foxes, and other dogs especially : a highly variable domestic mammal (Canis familiaris) closely related to the gray wolf the family's pet dog
b : a male dog dogs and bitches also : a male usually carnivorous mammal
2a : a worthless or contemptible person
b : fellow, chap a lazy dog you lucky dog
3a : any of various usually simple mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening that consist of a spike, bar, or hook
b : andiron
4 : uncharacteristic or affected stylishness or dignity put on the dog
5 capitalized, astronomy : either of the constellations Canis Major or Canis Minor
6 dogs plural, anatomy : feet rest his tired dogs
7 dogs plural : ruin going to the dogs
8 : one inferior of its kind the movie was a dog : such as
a : an investment not worth its price
b : an undesirable piece of merchandise
9 : an unattractive person especially : an unattractive girl or woman
10 : hot dog sense 1 bought two dogs and a beer

dog

adjective

Definition of dog (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : canine dog breeders a dog collar
2 : having an inferior or inauthentic quality : spurious dog rhyme especially, languages : unlike that used by native speakers or writers dog Latin dog French

dog

verb
dogged\ ˈdȯgd How to pronounce dogged (audio) , ˈdägd \; dogging

Definition of dog (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : to hunt, track, or follow like a hound dogged her every move
b : to worry as if by pursuit with dogs : plague dogged by his past failures
c : to bother or pester persistently dogged him about his grades
2 : to fasten with a simple mechanical device consisting of a spike, bar, or hook : to fasten with a dog (see dog entry 1 sense 3a) dogged down the hatch
dog it
: to fail to do one's best : goldbrick

dog

adverb

Definition of dog (Entry 4 of 4)

: extremely, utterly dog-tired

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Noun

dog 1a: 1 pastern, 2 chest, 3 flews, 4 muzzle, 5 stop, 6 occiput, 7 leather, 8 crest, 9 withers, 10 loin, 11 point of rump, 12 hock or tarsus, 13 knee or stifle, 14 brisket, 15 elbow, 16 feathering

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from dog

Noun

doglike \ ˈdȯg-​ˌlīk How to pronounce doglike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for dog

Synonyms: Noun

canine, doggy (or doggie), hound, pooch, tyke (also tike)

Synonyms: Verb

bird-dog, chase, course, follow, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, trail

Antonyms: Verb

guide, lead, pilot

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Examples of dog in a Sentence

Noun

That dog barks all day long. children playing with the family dog wild dogs such as the Australian dingo They say she's a real dog. Her latest book turned out to be a real dog. That was a dog of a movie.

Verb

He dogged her every move. Creditors dogged him until he finally paid his bills.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He, his wife and their two dogs went to a coffee shop. Author: Jake Bleiberg, Jamie Stengle, Anchorage Daily News, "Masked gunman opens fire on Dallas courthouse, dies in shootout with officers," 17 June 2019 Heartworm cases on the rise Dog owners are also having to do more to keep their dogs protected against heartworm. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "More dogs are getting sick as climate changes pushes diseases into new parts of the US," 15 June 2019 His three dogs — two French Bulldogs and a Dotson — all came from breeders he sources from for Petland Racine. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This pet store owner says a bill banning the sale of cats and dogs would be 'game over' for his business," 14 June 2019 When Centerville’s animals sense trouble and scatter, Miller calls out for his dog Rumsfeld, a lame joke worthy of the character-assassination film Vice. Armond White, National Review, "The Dead Don’t Die: Climate-Change Comedy for the Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Era," 14 June 2019 Loretta enjoyed spending time with her family and dear friends and her dogs Molly and Max. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/13," 13 June 2019 Plus, dogs have come a long way since their wolf days about 33,000 years ago. Brian Kateman, Quartz, "Vegan pets sound bougie, but they might just save the Earth," 12 June 2019 The deer attack, which is highly unusual, happened at about 4:30 p.m. as the woman was walking her dog within city limits, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Doe put down after attacking, seriously injuring 85-year-old woman in northwest Colorado," 12 June 2019 In addition to five children, 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, the former president also left behind his devoted service dog Sully. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Bush Family Remembers George H.W. on What Would Have Been His 95th Birthday," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Dog beds: Hemp Vintage Stripe Envelope in Black; harrybarker.com. Southern Living, "Source Guide - September 2013," 1 Sep. 2013 For entertainment, there will be dog races, a police K-9 demonstration, dogs splashing into water and Repticon, a showing of exotic pets, consisting of reptiles, insects and amphibians. Louis Casiano Jr., Orange County Register, "Meet and greet canines and critters, from furry to feathered, at Pet Expo in Costa Mesa," 28 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That the arrest occurred in Moscow, and that Golunov, 36, was well-known around Moscow media circles as an honest, dogged, and slightly awkward reporter have probably served to amplify the case. Neil Macfarquhar, BostonGlobe.com, "Reporter’s arrest sets off widespread protests in Russia," 10 June 2019 It was dogged for a year or more by production problems and dominated UTC’s quarterly earnings calls with industry analysts. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "United Technologies says it’s merging with defense contractor Raytheon and moving headquarters to Boston area from Connecticut," 10 June 2019 The vote confirms May’s reputation as a dogged, determined political survivor. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "UK’s May wins no-confidence vote by MPs unhappy over Brexit," 12 Dec. 2018 The ensuing scandal dogged her campaign and may have doomed it. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s free ride from Congress just ended," 7 Nov. 2018 The idea that Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox are engaged in some kind of dogged, winner-take-all battle is both outdated and toxic. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Xbox Is Losing the Console War—But That's a Good Thing," 31 May 2018 On this day Justify disappeared into the fog and emerged not dominant, but dogged. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Justify Emerges From the Fog at Preakness to Keep Triple Crown Pursuit Alive," 19 May 2018 While initially popular, the Kirchners were increasingly dogged by corruption scandals and criticized for their economic management. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "IMF Begins Work on Bailout for Argentina, With a U.S. Blessing," 18 May 2018 Michel Temer, Brazil’s centrist president, is dogged by scandal and will not run in the presidential election in October. The Economist, "Latin America needs an infrastructure upgrade," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dog

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dog

Noun, Adjective, Verb, and Adverb

Middle English, from Old English docga

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dog

noun
\ ˈdȯg How to pronounce dog (audio) \

Kids Definition of dog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a domestic animal that eats meat and is closely related to the wolves
2 : any of the group of mammals (as wolves, foxes, and jackals) to which the domestic dog belongs
3 : person sense 1 You lucky dog!

Other Words from dog

doglike \ ˈdȯ-​ˌglīk \ adjective

dog

verb
dogged; dogging

Kids Definition of dog (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to hunt, track, or follow like a hound I dogged them all the way.
2 : pester
3 : to cause problems for Injuries dogged the team.

dog

noun, often attributive
\ ˈdȯg How to pronounce dog (audio) \

Medical Definition of dog

: a highly variable carnivorous domesticated mammal of the genus Canis (C. familiaris) closely related to the common wolf (Canis lupus) broadly : any member of the family Canidae

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