shag·​gy-dog | \ ˌsha-gē-ˈdȯg How to pronounce shaggy-dog (audio) \

Definition of shaggy-dog

: of, relating to, or being a long-drawn-out circumstantial story concerning an inconsequential happening that impresses the teller as humorous or interesting but the hearer as boring and pointless also : of, relating to, or being a similar humorous story whose humor lies in the pointlessness or irrelevance of the plot or punch line a shaggy-dog comedy

First Known Use of shaggy-dog

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Shaggy-dog.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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