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
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

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)

transitive verb

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)

informal
: extremely, utterly dog cheap sometimes used in combinationIn plain West Virginia-speak, the situation is dog-ugly.— Mitch Vingle — see also 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

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Other Words from dog

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dog

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Janet led numerous station projects such as WBRC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, training the WBRC service dog, Tallulah, and producing a Christmas album with fellow workers. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "WBRC anchor Janet Hall to retire this summer," 13 July 2020 On July 3rd Boris Johnson, Britain’s shaggy-dog prime minister, announced that his government had stumped up $500m for a 45% stake in OneWeb, and a golden share giving it control over its future. The Economist, "Schumpeter Elon, Masa and Boris in low-Earth orbit," 11 July 2020 Few will have actual need of the increase in performance over the already potent M50i version, yet the $28,000 supplement doesn't look outrageous for the extra urge, top-dog status, and exclusivity of the Alpina badge. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Alpina XB7 Throws a Three-Ton Haymaker," 10 July 2020 Our exodus must have felt familiar for the dog, who had left so many places with me during our 13 years together. Deena Shanker, refinery29.com, "The Pandemic Loss I Didn’t Expect," 9 July 2020 That’s when the caller came out to find his neighbor -- who said the deer attacked his dog, which was not leashed and running in yard -- holding a silver gun that was pointed at his house. John Benson, cleveland, "Neighbor dispute involves a buck, shot and slap: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 8 July 2020 Krajnak applied to adopt and 48 hours later, the dog — now named Sasha — was coming home with them. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19," 6 July 2020 Lorcan Gately and Venezia Zandrelli were lounging on the Presido’s main post lawn with their dog, Skyler. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Uncle Sam’s big day not quite so star spangled," 4 July 2020 Seals asks that the sender write on the envelope what the theme is -- for example, sports, veteran, dog, or crafts. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Assisted living home residents are in need of pen pals in this time of isolation," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective State records show dog handler applications were submitted under ISS for dozens of guards. Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, "CTA pulls security dogs from system, amid questions about whether guards were properly trained," 1 Aug. 2019 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 Paranoia about chaebols’ influence continues to dog the second phase of Lee’s hearings, which commenced late last year after the Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s decision to suspend the mogul’s sentence and ordered a retrial. Sohee Kim, Bloomberg.com, "Samsung Billionaire’s Fate at Risk Despite Role in Virus Fight," 14 June 2020 Today the idea that weight is the main problem dogging black women builds on these historically racist ideas and ignores how interrelated social factors impact black women’s health. Sabrina Strings, Scientific American, "The Racist Roots of Fighting Obesity," 4 June 2020 What strikes me most about Shannon is her humility and dogged determination to get done what needs to get done for the athletes. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Mother's Day: Here's what loved ones want you to know about some amazing sports moms," 9 May 2020 The system’s weaknesses have permitted officials to wield Hong Kong’s ordinances, backed by common-law rulings, in novel ways that can stymie the government’s dogged critics. Suzanne Sataline, The Atlantic, "The Other China Emergency," 25 Mar. 2020 Hines and Gomez named their orange tabby foster cat Carl, after Carl Schumann, an octogenarian Warren volunteer who is one of the campaign’s most dogged local canvassers. Time, "Elizabeth Warren Is Stranded in Washington. Can Her Iowa Ground Game Lift Her to Victory?," 30 Jan. 2020 Deep in the Bitterroot National Forest, this bear-dogging backwoodsman has vivid memories of the old days. Drew Palmer, Outdoor Life, "50 Hunter Stereotypes from Every State," 15 May 2020 Durham himself is widely regarded as a fair and dogged prosecutor, famously leading the prosecution of mobsters, including a series of high-profile convictions of the notorious New England Mafia. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "‘Full throttle’: John Durham’s Russia team is stacked with veteran investigators," 12 May 2020 The firm operated without malpractice insurance for a period and was dogged by feuds — with current and former partners suing each other — and financial problems. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is," 8 May 2020

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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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The first known use of dog was before the 12th century

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23 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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