[daw-gid, dog-id]


persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious: a dogged worker.

Origin of dogged

1275–1325; Middle English: having characteristics of a dog; see dog, -ed3
Related formsdog·ged·ly, adverbdog·ged·ness, noun

Synonyms for dogged


[dawgd, dogd]

adjective Southern U.S.

doggoned; damned; confounded: Well, I'll be dogged!


[dawg, dog]


a domesticated canid, Canis familiaris, bred in many varieties.
any carnivore of the dog family Canidae, having prominent canine teeth and, in the wild state, a long and slender muzzle, a deep-chested muscular body, a bushy tail, and large, erect ears.Compare canid.
the male of such an animal.
any of various animals resembling a dog.
a despicable man or youth.
Informal. a fellow in general: a lucky dog.
dogs, Slang. feet.
  1. something worthless or of extremely poor quality: That used car you bought is a dog.
  2. an utter failure; flop: Critics say his new play is a dog.
Slang. an ugly, boring, or crude person.
Slang. hot dog.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. either of two constellations, Canis Major or Canis Minor.
  1. any of various mechanical devices, as for gripping or holding something.
  2. a projection on a moving part for moving steadily or for tripping another part with which it engages.
Also called gripper, nipper. Metalworking. a device on a drawbench for drawing the work through the die.
a cramp binding together two timbers.
an iron bar driven into a stone or timber to provide a means of lifting it.
an andiron; firedog.
Meteorology. a sundog or fogdog.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter D.

verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.

to follow or track like a dog, especially with hostile intent; hound.
to drive or chase with a dog or dogs.
Machinery. to fasten with dogs.

Origin of dog

before 1050; Middle English dogge, Old English docga
Related formsdog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dogged

Contemporary Examples of dogged

Historical Examples of dogged

  • "Ye-es, sir," returned Jerry, in something of a dogged manner.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • As it was, she drove him to a dogged pursuit of the man he was convinced was the real culprit.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • "The Signorina is not for him," repeated Gaspare, with a dogged emphasis.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Not dogged, trapped, made desperate by fate, but cheerfully and of his own free will.

  • It made a dogged, desperate resistance and was almost unbeatable.

British Dictionary definitions for dogged



obstinately determined; wilful or tenacious
Derived Formsdoggedly, adverbdoggedness, noun



  1. a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
  2. (as modifier)dog biscuit
  1. any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
  2. (as modifier)the dog family Related adjective: canine
  1. the male of animals of the dog family
  2. (as modifier)a dog fox
  1. spurious, inferior, or uselessdog Latin
  2. (in combination)dogberry
a mechanical device for gripping or holding, esp one of the axial slots by which gear wheels or shafts are engaged to transmit torque
informal a fellow; chapyou lucky dog
informal a man or boy regarded as unpleasant, contemptible, or wretched
US informal a male friend: used as a term of address
slang an unattractive or boring girl or woman
US and Canadian informal something unsatisfactory or inferior
short for firedog
any of various atmospheric phenomenaSee fogdog, seadog, sundog
a dog's chance no chance at all
a dog's dinner or a dog's breakfast informal something that is messy or bungled
a dog's life a wretched existence
dog eat dog ruthless competition or self-interest
like a dog's dinner informal dressed smartly or ostentatiously
put on the dog US and Canadian informal to behave or dress in an ostentatious or showy manner

verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)

to pursue or follow after like a dog
to trouble; plagueto be dogged by ill health
to chase with a dog or dogs
to grip, hold, or secure by a mechanical device


(usually in combination) thoroughly; utterlydog-tired
See also dogs
Derived Formsdoglike, adjective

Word Origin for dog

Old English docga, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for dogged

"having the qualities of a dog" (mostly in a negative sense), c.1300, from dog (n.). Meaning "persistent" is from 1779. Hence doggedly (late 14c.), "cruelly, maliciously;" later "with a dog's persistence" (1773). Related: Doggedness.



Old English docga, a late, rare word used of a powerful breed of canine. It forced out Old English hund (the general Germanic and Indo-European word; see canine) by 16c. and subsequently was picked up in many continental languages (e.g. French dogue (16c.), Danish dogge), but the origin remains one of the great mysteries of English etymology.

Many expressions -- a dog's life (c.1600), go to the dogs (1610s), etc. -- reflect earlier hard use of the animals as hunting accessories, not pampered pets. In ancient times, "the dog" was the worst throw in dice (attested in Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit, where the word for "the lucky player" was literally "the dog-killer"), which plausibly explains the Greek word for "danger," kindynas, which appears to be "play the dog."

Slang meaning "ugly woman" is from 1930s; that of "sexually aggressive man" is from 1950s. Adjectival phrase dog-eat-dog attested by 1850s. Dog tag is from 1918. To dog-ear a book is from 1650s; dog-eared in extended sense of "worn, unkempt" is from 1894.

Notwithstanding, as a dog hath a day, so may I perchance have time to declare it in deeds. [Princess Elizabeth, 1550]

It is ill wakyng of a sleapyng dogge. [Heywood, 1562]

Phrase put on the dog "get dressed up" (1934) may look back to the stiff stand-up shirt collars that in the 1890s were the height of male fashion (and were known as dog-collars at least from 1883), with reference to collars worn by dogs. The common Spanish word for "dog," perro, also is a mystery word of unknown origin, perhaps from Iberian. A group of Slavic "dog" words (Old Church Slavonic pisu, Polish pies, Serbo-Croatian pas) likewise are of unknown origin.



"to track like a dog," 1510s, see dog (n.). Related: Dogged; dogging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with dogged


In addition to the idioms beginning with dog

  • dog days
  • dog eat dog
  • dog in the manger
  • dog it

also see:

  • 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)
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