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a term of address for a close acquaintance or friend


What's up, dawg?

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  • "The kid's lost her father, lost most everything 'cept her dawg," he said to Mormon.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • "dawg 'ud be apt to tucker out in desert travel," agreed Sandy.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • That dawg was as right as possible when I shut up last night, and he couldn't have got out.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • Ef it hadn't been fo' the dawg, she'd have stayed there, to my notion.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Miché, on'y jis teck dis-yeh t'ing off'n my laig, ef yo' please, it's bit'n' me lak a dawg!

    The Grandissimes George Washington Cable
  • He swore, that day, that he would kill the dawg; but he'd better not try!

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "Grit was sent him for a present by a man who summered at the ranch an' heerd Samson say he wanted a dawg," said the girl.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Miss Davenant from the Hall wants a word with you—about your dawg, sir, as I understand.

Word Origin and History for dawg

colloquial for dog, attested from 1898.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dawg



  1. A dog •A colloquial or dialectal pronunciation: That dawg won't hunt (1898+)
  2. A close male friend: you dawg
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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