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[dog-hous, dog-]
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noun, plural dog·hous·es [dog-hou-ziz, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈdɒg-/.
  1. a small shelter for a dog.
  2. (on a yacht) a small cabin that presents a relatively high profile and gives the appearance of a box.Compare trunk cabin.
  3. Rocketry Slang. a bulge on the surface of a rocket or missile, for scientific instruments.
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  1. in the doghouse, Slang. in disfavor or disgrace.
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Origin of doghouse

First recorded in 1605–15; dog + house
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  • 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


  1. US and Canadian a hutlike shelter for a dogAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): kennel
  2. 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.

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Idioms and Phrases with doghouse


see in the doghouse.

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