- mongrel or spurious Latin.
- a jargon imitating Latin.
Origin of dog Latin
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for dog latin
Their Latin was grammatical, but very like dog-Latin for all that.
The dog-Latin of the fellow of Trinity is inimitable, while there is a peculiarly roguish delicacy about his humour.Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama
Walter W. Greg
Fifty-two volumes in folio, of the acta sanctorum, in dog-Latin, would be a formidable enterprise to the most laborious German.
It is a mock-heroic tale, in dog-Latin, of a country feud on the Fifeshire lands of his old friends the Cunninghams.
It was then in a choking voice that Cephas delivered Mr. Sanders's message, using the dog-latin which they both knew so well.Gabriel Tolliver
Joel Chandler Harris
- spurious or incorrect Latin