[dawg, dog]


verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.

Nearby words

  1. doest,
  2. doeth,
  3. dof,
  4. doff,
  5. doffer,
  6. dog and bone,
  7. dog and pony show,
  8. dog ape,
  9. dog biscuit,
  10. dog box


Origin of dog

before 1050; Middle English dogge, Old English docga

Related formsdog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dog it



  1. a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
  2. (as modifier)dog biscuit
  1. any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
  2. (as modifier)the dog family Related adjective: canine
  1. the male of animals of the dog family
  2. (as modifier)a dog fox
  1. spurious, inferior, or uselessdog Latin
  2. (in combination)dogberry
a mechanical device for gripping or holding, esp one of the axial slots by which gear wheels or shafts are engaged to transmit torque
informal a fellow; chapyou lucky dog
informal a man or boy regarded as unpleasant, contemptible, or wretched
US informal a male friend: used as a term of address
slang an unattractive or boring girl or woman
US and Canadian informal something unsatisfactory or inferior
short for firedog
any of various atmospheric phenomenaSee fogdog, seadog, sundog
a dog's chance no chance at all
a dog's dinner or a dog's breakfast informal something that is messy or bungled
a dog's life a wretched existence
dog eat dog ruthless competition or self-interest
like a dog's dinner informal dressed smartly or ostentatiously
put on the dog US and Canadian informal to behave or dress in an ostentatious or showy manner

verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)

to pursue or follow after like a dog
to trouble; plagueto be dogged by ill health
to chase with a dog or dogs
to grip, hold, or secure by a mechanical device


(usually in combination) thoroughly; utterlydog-tired
See also dogs

Derived Formsdoglike, adjective

Word Origin for dog

Old English docga, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for dog it
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Idioms and Phrases with dog it

dog it


Do less than is required; loaf or shirk. For example, I'm afraid our donors are dogging it this year. This expression originated in sports and soon was transferred to other endeavors. [Slang; c. 1900]


Move slowly, as in We just dogged it along from California to Oregon.


Run away, as in Let's dog it out of here right now. This usage originated in American underworld slang in the 1920s, where it meant “to back down in cowardly fashion,” and acquired its present sense about 1930.


Same as put on the dog.


In addition to the idioms beginning with dog

  • dog days
  • dog eat dog
  • dog in the manger
  • dog it

also see:

  • 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)
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