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doggy1

or dog·gie

[daw-gee, dog-ee]
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noun, plural dog·gies.
  1. a little dog or a puppy.
  2. a pet term for any dog.
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Origin of doggy1

First recorded in 1815–25; dog + -y2

doggy2

or dog·gie

[daw-gee, dog-ee]
adjective, dog·gi·er, dog·gi·est.
  1. of or relating to a dog: a doggy smell.
  2. fond of dogs: tweedy, doggy people.
  3. pretentious; ostentatious.
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Origin of doggy2

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at dog, -y1
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  • Well, young Mr. Netherby is rather a "doggy" sort of man, and nice too.

  • Then James patted him, and said, "Doggy, what is your name?"

  • She went to the ale-houseTo get him some beer,And when she came back,Doggy sat in a chair.

  • This required only a moment and doggy was on his feet making for the main bunch.

  • His ears were alert, his eyes happy, and there was a doggy smile on his jaws.

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British Dictionary definitions for doggy

doggy

doggie

noun plural -gies
  1. a children's word for a dog
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adjective
  1. of, like, or relating to a dog
  2. fond of dogs
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Word Origin and History for doggy

n.

also doggie, 1825, from dog (n.) + -y (3). Doggy-bag attested from 1965. As an adj. doggy is attested from late 14c., from -y (2). The word has been used in various formations since at least late 19c. to describe the sex act when one partner is on all fours.

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