dogs·​body | \ ˈdȯgz-ˌbä-dē How to pronounce dogsbody (audio) \

Definition of dogsbody

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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First Known Use of dogsbody

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dogsbody

British naval slang dogsbody pudding made of peas, junior officer

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“Dogsbody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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