[dawg-ber-ee, -buh-ree, dog-]
- a foolish constable in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
- any foolish, blundering, or stupid official.
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- any of certain plants that have berry-like fruits, such as the European dogwood or the bearberry
- the fruit of any of these plants
- (sometimes capital) a foolish, meddling, and usually old official
Word Origin for dogberry
after Dogberry, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing (1598)
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