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[dog-hous, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊs, ˈdɒg-/
noun, plural doghouses
[dog-hou-ziz, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈdɒg-/ (Show IPA)
a small shelter for a dog.
(on a yacht) a small cabin that presents a relatively high profile and gives the appearance of a box.
Compare trunk cabin.
Rocketry Slang. a bulge on the surface of a rocket or missile, for scientific instruments.
in the doghouse, Slang. in disfavor or disgrace.
Origin of doghouse
First recorded in 1605-15; dog + house Unabridged
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  • When Ralph got to the roundhouse he found Fogg in the doghouse chatting with his friends.

  • The man brought him home for me, and chained him up in an unused wood-shed, for I had no doghouse as yet.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
  • He stuck his nose out of the doghouse and saw four slender, hairy animals.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  • Poor Pinocchio huddled close to the doghouse more dead than alive from cold, hunger, and fright.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  • As soon as the four Weasels had talked things over, they went straight to the chicken coop which stood close to the doghouse.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  • Maybe it was his house, although it was bigger than any doghouse she had ever seen before.

British Dictionary definitions for doghouse


(US & Canadian) a hutlike shelter for a dog Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) kennel
(informal) disfavour (in the phrase in the doghouse)
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Word Origin and History for doghouse

1610s, from dog (n.) + house (n.). Originally a kennel; the backyard type, for a single animal, is late 19c. Figurative sense of "disgrace" is from 1932.

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Slang definitions & phrases for doghouse



  1. Any small structure resembling in some way a dog's individual kennel: The boat has a doghouse over the main cabin
  2. The bass viol: When the bull-fiddler plucks the strings he is slapping the doghouse (1920s+ Jazz musicians)

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in the doghouse

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with doghouse


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