[ dawg-leg, dog- ]
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  1. a route, way, or course that turns at a sharp angle.

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. 2023

How to use dogleg in a sentence

  • Dog-leg begged the Major not to waste these things of an Indian's desire, but give them to his tribe.

    Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser
  • He was glad to see me, and at once offered me a chew of dog-leg natural-leaf tobacco.

    Fighting Byng | A. Stone
  • There is a dog-leg hole for the fifth that leads to a green partly framed in a corner of trees.

    The Happy Golfer | Henry Leach
  • The first hole at Hoylake and the second and eleventh at Prince's are dog-leg holes that he likes best.

    The Happy Golfer | Henry Leach
  • I admit that I would give a good deal to hear Griffith's story of how he did the dog-leg hole in three again.

British Dictionary definitions for dogleg


/ (ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡ) /

    • a sharp bend or angle

    • 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 forms of dogleg

  • doglegged (ˌdɒɡˈlɛɡɪd, ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡd), adjective

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