[ dog-hous, dog- ]
/ ˈdɒgˌhaʊs, ˈdɒg- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. doggoned,
  2. doggy,
  3. doggy bag,
  4. doggy paddle,
  5. doghanged,
  6. dogie,
  7. dogleg,
  8. dogleg fence,
  9. doglike,
  10. dogma


    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

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British Dictionary definitions for doghouse


/ (ˈdɒɡˌhaʊs) /


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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