About This Word

doggo

or pupper

[dog-oh] or [puhp-er]

What does doggo and pupper mean?

Doggo and pupper are affectionate terms for dog and puppy used in the internet slang called DoggoLingo. Heckin good words, 13/10!

Related words:

  • Bork
  • Doge
  • Fluffer
  • Heckin
  • Pupperino
  • Woofer

See how it's used

doggo

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Where does doggo come from?

There is an entire internet slang language known as DoggoLingo, which emerged in the 2010s and drew on existing online culture, such as lolspeak, the snek meme, and Doge

DoggoLingo uses cutesy spellings and doggy onomatopoeias like mlem, borf, and heckin to drool over man's best friend online—and the many, many pictures and videos we post of them.

Doggo and pupper are two key words in the lingo. Doggos tend to be older and larger (duh!), and puppers, younger and smaller. A YouTube video, “What is a Pupper? What is a Doggo?”, explained the difference in May, 2017 around the peak of DoggoLingo. The adorable explainer has since had over 1.5 million views.

Though the exact progression of puppy to pupper and dog to doggo is unclear, there are a few instances that helped catapult the terms into popular lexicon.  

In May, 2015, an image of a chihuahua wearing a hoodie was featured on 4chan. The image promised a good night's rest to anyone who replied with “slight tight pupper.” Pupper changes puppy for greater cuteness. The chihuahua image spread to sites such as 9Gag, BodyBuilding, FunnyJunk, and Reddit's r/4chanmeta, inspiring parodies of the image that often featured, and helped spread, pupper.

In 2008, a group called Dogspotting formed on Facebook devoted to—what else—dog pictures. It became very popular in 2014, especially in Australia. This is significant as Australians often add an affectionate -o to the end of words, giving rise to doggo

Starting in 2015, the massively popular Twitter account, We Rate Dogs (@dog_rates), helped further popularize doggo and pupper.

Who uses doggo?

DoggoLingo like doggo and pupper are used to comment on or post about cute dogs online—unlike Doge, which imagines the speech of dogs. They are almost always used in wholesome, loving, endearing, and affirming ways, with doggo or pupper-titled videos shared on social media for pick-me-ups and feel-good moments.

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Due to its popularity, some people have adopted doggo and pupper in their actual speech. People have even extended doggo and pupper as pet names for people (e.g., Look at the dancing doggo).  

Users often add intentionally misspelled and ungrammatical terms alongside doggo and pupper for additional fawning (e.g., Here’s the goodest smol pupper).

For example

From pupper to 1 year old doggo! 😮😍

@wounderfullwor5, May, 2018

enjoying the screened in porch with the pupper. she's snoozin. i'm job hunting.

@a2lisa, May, 2008

Buster, a very good doggo, picked the Washington Capitals to win the Stanley Cup

Donya Abramo, Russian Machine Never Breaks (headline), April, 2018

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