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[daw-gish, dog-ish] /ˈdɔ gɪʃ, ˈdɒg ɪʃ/
like a dog; canine:
doggish affection.
surly; mean:
a doggish temper.
stylish and showy.
Origin of doggish
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at dog, -ish1
Related forms
doggishly, adverb
doggishness, noun Unabridged
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  • Deuce awoke, looked about him, and yow-yow-yowed in doggish relief.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • He stood in front of it with almost a doggish snarl on his lips.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • Next he "asked" for it in doggish fashion, by loudly barking.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • He was torn by the conflicting emotions in his doggish soul.

  • And how nicely can doggish lust beg for a piece of spirit, when a piece of flesh is denied it!

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • These are continent, to be sure: but doggish lust looketh enviously out of all that they do.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Huz evidently approved this last sentiment, for he gambolled around the group, doing his doggish best to please.

  • He seemed to be racking his doggish brain as to the best method of reaching her.

  • If it ain't a doggish sort of bisnes I'm mistaken in my idees of the proprietes of life.

  • Yes, that is a pretty bit of mine about Hamlet, and I think I must surely be a little pathetic sometimes, in a doggish way.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for doggish


of or like a dog
surly; snappish
Derived Forms
doggishly, adverb
doggishness, noun
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