[dawg-ber-ee, -buh-ree, dog-]
noun, plural Dog·ber·rys for 2.
  1. a foolish constable in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
  2. any foolish, blundering, or stupid official. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for dogberrys


noun plural -ries
  1. any of certain plants that have berry-like fruits, such as the European dogwood or the bearberry
  2. the fruit of any of these plants


noun plural -ries
  1. (sometimes capital) a foolish, meddling, and usually old official
Derived Formsdogberryism, noun

Word Origin for dogberry

after Dogberry, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing (1598)
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