[dawg-leg, dog-]
  1. dog-legged.
verb (used without object), dog·legged, dog·leg·ging.
  1. to proceed around a sharp angle or along an angular or zigzag course: The road doglegged through the mountains.

Origin of dogleg

First recorded in 1885–90; dog + leg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for dog leg


    1. a sharp bend or angle
    2. something with a sharp bend
verb -legs, -legging or -legged
  1. (intr) to go off at an angle
  1. of or with the shape of a dogleg
Derived Formsdoglegged (ˌdɒɡˈlɛɡɪd, ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡd), adjective
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Word Origin and History for dog leg

"something bent like a dog's hind leg," 1703. Originally of a type of staircase.

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