dog·​nap ˈdȯg-ˌnap How to pronounce dognap (audio)
dognapped or dognaped ˈdȯg-ˌnapt How to pronounce dognap (audio) ; dognapping or dognaping ˈdȯg-ˌna-piŋ How to pronounce dognap (audio)

transitive verb

: to steal (a dog) especially to obtain a reward for its return or to sell to a scientific laboratory
dognapper noun
or dognaper

Examples of dognap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Disney’s Cruella, headlined by Emma Stone, is named for its would-be villain, rather than for the 90-something Dalmatian puppies she’s tried to dognap in the name of fashion, time and again, over the years. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021

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Word History


dog entry 1 + -nap (as in kidnap)

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dognap was in 1898

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Cite this Entry

“Dognap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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