- something worthless or of extremely poor quality: That used car you bought is a dog.
- an utter failure; flop: Critics say his new play is a dog.
- any of various mechanical devices, as for gripping or holding something.
- a projection on a moving part for moving steadily or for tripping another part with which it engages.
verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.
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Idioms for dog
- to shirk one's responsibility; loaf on the job.
- to retreat, flee, renege, etc.: a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
Origin of dog
OTHER WORDS FROM dogdogless, adjectivedoglike, adjective
Words nearby dog
BEHIND THE WORD
Where does the word dog come from?
How did man’s best friend fetch the name dog? This is actually one of English’s toughest headscratchers.
While dog is an extremely common word, its origin hounds us. Until around the 1500s, the go-to term for dog, was hund, which developed into hound. Fun fact: the Latin word for dog, canis, is the origin of the word canine and is, in fact, etymologically related to hound.
But scholars can’t quite put their paws on where the word dog came from. All we know is that it comes from the rare Old English word docga. But where did this word dog come from? Theories have been offered, but etymologists are left chasing their tails. As it happens, the Spanish word for dog, perro, is also of obscure origin.
So, we guess we’ll let this sleeping dog lie for now.
Dog isn’t alone: it finds lots of company in other English words that seem simple but whose origins are not. Discover more in our slideshow “‘Dog,’ ‘Boy,’ And Other Words That We Don’t Know Where They Came From.”
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There is a good reason that a dog is considered man’s best friend: it’s believed humans domesticated dogs over 10,000 years ago and have been part of our lives ever since. Dogs split off from their genetic cousins, wolves, tens of thousands of years ago, but you can see that some dogs have kept the family resemblance. The word dog is a collective name for the species Canis familiaris, of which there are nearly 200 breeds that range from dalmatians to pugs.
There are also numerous, metaphorical ways you can use the English word dog. It can be used to describe a regular person (a lucky dog), a loathsome man (a dirty dog), or even your feet (my dogs are sore). There are plenty more idioms and other expressions that use dog, such as you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or that reference the behavior of dogs as in bite the hand that feeds you.
Example sentences from the Web for dog
Indeed, although he works here in the old town, he lives in the new part of the city where he walks his dog in the morning.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As the agents apprehended and detained the man, the dog remained unleashed, and ran down the hill to where Marino was sleeping.
I am not a fan of spoilers, if it were up to me, I would lie like a dog about every upcoming issue.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’|Rich Goldstein|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As Johnson generously observes, “If any dog had a right to mark its new territory, it was Churchill.”
A former classical violinist, orchestral player, and music teacher, she lives in London with her husband, three children, and dog.These Female Contemporaries Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf|Louisa Treger|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It would be a sad alternative—as both the mule and the dog were looked upon more in the light of companions than slaves.The Boy Hunters|Captain Mayne Reid
Dropping his rifle, he approached his dog with outstretched arms.The Whelps of the Wolf|George Marsh
The dog on the roof barked viciously, then all the dogs in the village barked.The Red Cross in Peace and War|Clara Barton
The dog was nuzzling Carl's hand, and Carl had almost forgotten his fear that the devil might appear.The Trail of the Hawk|Sinclair Lewis
The dog stopped at the outside edge of the hole, and barked as loudly as he could.Six Little Bunkers at Grandma Bell's|Laura Lee Hope
British Dictionary definitions for dog
- a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
- (as modifier)dog biscuit
- any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
- (as modifier)the dog family Related adjective: canine
- the male of animals of the dog family
- (as modifier)a dog fox
- spurious, inferior, or uselessdog Latin
- (in combination)dogberry
verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)
Derived forms of dogdoglike, adjective
Word Origin for dog
Idioms and Phrases with dog
In addition to the idioms beginning with dog
- dog days
- dog eat dog
- dog in the manger
- dog it
- coon's (dog's) age
- every dog has its day
- go to pot (the dogs)
- hair of the dog
- hot dog
- in the doghouse
- let sleeping dogs lie
- put on the dog
- rain cats and dogs
- see a man about a dog
- shaggy dog story
- sick as a dog
- tail wagging the dog
- teach an old dog new tricks
- throw to the wolves (dogs)
- top banana (dog)