[daw-gish, dog-ish]


like a dog; canine: doggish affection.
surly; mean: a doggish temper.
stylish and showy.

Origin of doggish

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at dog, -ish1
Related formsdog·gish·ly, adverbdog·gish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doggish

Historical Examples of doggish

  • Deuce awoke, looked about him, and yow-yow-yowed in doggish relief.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • He stood in front of it with almost a doggish snarl on his lips.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • Next he "asked" for it in doggish fashion, by loudly barking.

    Baron Bruno

    Louisa Morgan

  • He was torn by the conflicting emotions in his doggish soul.

  • And how nicely can doggish lust beg for a piece of spirit, when a piece of flesh is denied it!

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

British Dictionary definitions for doggish



of or like a dog
surly; snappish
Derived Formsdoggishly, adverbdoggishness, noun
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