[dog-hous, dog-]

noun, plural dog·hous·es [dog-hou-ziz, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈdɒg-/.

a small shelter for a dog.
(on a yacht) a small cabin that presents a relatively high profile and gives the appearance of a box.Compare trunk cabin.
Rocketry Slang. a bulge on the surface of a rocket or missile, for scientific instruments.


    in the doghouse, Slang. in disfavor or disgrace.

Origin of doghouse

First recorded in 1605–15; dog + house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doghouse

Contemporary Examples of doghouse

  • My mother used to make men buy two pieces, one for the occasion and the one for when he would be in the doghouse.

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    Titillation Over Tiffany's

    Lauren Ashburn

    May 28, 2011

  • After months in the doghouse, Mr. Banks is summoned to face what he firmly believes will be the coup de grâce.

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    My New Mantra for 2009

    Tina Brown

    January 2, 2009

Historical Examples of doghouse

  • When Ralph got to the roundhouse he found Fogg in the doghouse chatting with his friends.

  • The man brought him home for me, and chained him up in an unused wood-shed, for I had no doghouse as yet.

    Rudder Grange

    Frank R. Stockton

  • He stuck his nose out of the doghouse and saw four slender, hairy animals.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio

    C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini

  • As soon as the four Weasels had talked things over, they went straight to the chicken coop which stood close to the doghouse.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio

    C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini

  • Poor Pinocchio huddled close to the doghouse more dead than alive from cold, hunger, and fright.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio

    C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini

British Dictionary definitions for doghouse



US and Canadian a hutlike shelter for a dogAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): kennel
informal disfavour (in the phrase in the doghouse)
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Word Origin and History for doghouse

1610s, from dog (n.) + house (n.). Originally a kennel; the backyard type, for a single animal, is late 19c. Figurative sense of "disgrace" is from 1932.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with doghouse


see in the doghouse.

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