[ dawg-fahyt, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌfaɪt, ˈdɒg- /


a violent fight between dogs.
a fight between warring fighter planes.
any rough-and-tumble physical battle.

verb (used with object), dog·fought, dog·fight·ing.

to engage in a dogfight with.

verb (used without object), dog·fought, dog·fight·ing.

to engage in a dogfight.

Origin of dogfight

1650–60; 1915 for def 2; dog + fight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dogfight


/ (ˈdɒɡˌfaɪt) /


close quarters combat between fighter aircraft
any rough violent fight
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Word Origin and History for dogfight



"aerial combat," World War I air forces slang, from earlier meaning "riotous brawl" (1880s); from dog (n.) + fight (n.). The literal sense of "a fight among or between dogs" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper