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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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British Dictionary definitions for in the 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 in the 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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in the doghouse in Culture

in the doghouse definition

Temporarily out of favor or in trouble: “Tyrone forgot his wife's anniversary, and now he's really in the doghouse.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for in the doghouse

in the doghouse

adjective phrase

In a position or status of obloquy; out of favor, esp temporarily: The press secretary is in the doghouse for cussing out a reporter/ He was in a doghouse at home on account of coming home cockeyed on his wedding anniversary (1932+)



  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

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Idioms and Phrases with in the doghouse

in the doghouse

In disfavor, in trouble, as in Jane knew that forgetting the check would put her in the doghouse. This expression alludes to relegating a dog that misbehaves to its outdoor kennel. [ c. 1900 ]


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