- something worthless or of extremely poor quality: That used car you bought is a dog.
- an utter failure; flop: Critics say his new play is a dog.
- any of various mechanical devices, as for gripping or holding something.
- a projection on a moving part for moving steadily or for tripping another part with which it engages.
verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.
- to shirk one's responsibility; loaf on the job.
- to retreat, flee, renege, etc.: a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
Origin of dog
Related formsdog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for dogging
And whatever his sins, no one has ever accused Rodriguez of dogging it on the baseball field.
Would Woods be worth nearly $1 billion today if he had been dogging around as openly as Dennis Rodman?
If a police officer is dogging you out, simply suck it up and accept it.
It seemed as though some evil genius was dogging his footsteps, bringing failure upon his most carefully planned enterprises.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
But scouts would be out, dogging the flanks of the Confederate forces, just as he had done the opposite during the past few days.Ride Proud, Rebel!|Andre Alice Norton
I can assure you that you are wasting your time in dogging my movements.The Return of Sherlock Holmes|Arthur Conan Doyle
He was leaving the choza of one villager when Quesada, dogging his steps, plucked him by the sleeve.The Wolf Cub|Patrick Casey
It was by dogging her innocent steps that I came to the museum this morning.The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow|Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for dogging (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for dogging (2 of 2)
- a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
- (as modifier)dog biscuit
- any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
- (as modifier)the dog family Related adjective: canine
- the male of animals of the dog family
- (as modifier)a dog fox
- spurious, inferior, or uselessdog Latin
- (in combination)dogberry
verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)
Derived Formsdoglike, adjective
Word Origin for dog
Idioms and Phrases with dogging
In addition to the idioms beginning with dog
- dog days
- dog eat dog
- dog in the manger
- dog it
- 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)