- a two-masted Dutch fishing vessel with a blunt bow, used in the North Sea.
Origin of dogger1
1325–75; Middle English < Middle Dutch dogge fishing boat + -er -er1
- an assistant at a drawbench.
Origin of dogger2
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Examples from the Web for dogger
How it came about that he was bound for the Dogger Bank needs explanation.Chatterbox, 1905.
In 1781 the Cleopatra was in the action off the Dogger Bank, but in 1783 was paid off.Cornish Characters
That was about all I arrived in time to hear, but the "dogger" had been more fortunate.Down the Yellowstone
Lewis R. Freeman
The Dogger Bank is frequented by numbers of French fishing-boats.
The Dogger was at anchor, and the crew fishing, when the pirates attacked them.The Pirates' Who's Who
- a Dutch fishing vessel with two masts
C14: probably from Middle Dutch dogge trawler
- a large concretion of consolidated material occurring in certain sedimentary rocks
C17: of uncertain origin
- Australian a hunter of dingoes
C20: from dog (see sense 2a) + -er 1
- geology a formation of mid-Jurassic rocks in N England
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Word Origin and History for dogger
"two-masted fishing boat," used in North Sea fishery, mid-14c., of unknown origin. It likely is the source of the name Dogger Bank (1660s) for the great banks of shoals in the North Sea.
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