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

Prime Minister Theresa May has been dogged by her failure to achieve Brexit and is stepping down this week as head of her Conservative Party but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen. Washington Post, "The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t think Markle is ‘nasty’," 5 June 2019 Bundy’s been dogged by a nasty habit of giving up home runs the past two seasons. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Bundy handles Indians as Orioles end slide with 5-1 win," 17 May 2019 Critics have dogged Nununu from the outset, according to Adler and Milchberg, because the brand focuses on changing clothing concepts as well as attitudes about children and gender. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Céline Dion has a new gender-neutral clothing line for kids," 16 Nov. 2018 Speaking for fewer than 10 minutes, Mr. Bolsonaro sought to legitimize his three-week-old government, which has been dogged by criticism abroad over his statements on human rights and the environment. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil’s New President Takes Measured Tone in Davos Address," 22 Jan. 2019 Despite its high-profile and heavy STEM outreach in the UK, funding is what dogged Bloodhound SSC. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down," 11 Dec. 2018 The exercise, which the service uses to demonstrate its ability to sortie large numbers of planes, was a first for the F-35, which has been dogged by readiness problems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Has First F-35 'Elephant Walk' Mass Drill," 20 Nov. 2018 Marches against anti-Semitism were due to take place across France on Tuesday, including one led by government ministers, as President Emmanuel Macron seeks to distance himself from the protesters who have dogged him for months. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Jewish Graves Vandalized in France Ahead of March Against Anti-Semitism," 19 Feb. 2019 In the past, women candidates were told to rise above the semi-scandalous narratives that dogged them. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Women Will Never Truly Be Equal Until They're Allowed to Get Angry," 13 Feb. 2019

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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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More Definitions for dog

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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