- 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.
- 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
Related formsdog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective
Examples 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 Formsdoglike, 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)