dogs·​body ˈdȯgz-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce dogsbody (audio)
chiefly British

Examples of dogsbody in a Sentence

I worked for several years as a gofer and general dogsbody for a London publishing house.
Recent Examples on the Web From 1938 to 1940 Nick Clifford was on Mount Rushmore, first as dogsbody and wood-chopper, then as labourer and winchman. The Economist, 1 Aug. 2019 Charley, who already has a casual job with Del (Steve Buscemi), a local horse trainer, now becomes his full-time dogsbody, or nagsbody—cleaning the stables, driving the truck, or walking Lean on Pete. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2018

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Word History


British naval slang dogsbody pudding made of peas, junior officer

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dogsbody was in 1922

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“Dogsbody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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