or do·gey, do·gy


noun Western U.S.

a motherless calf in a cattle herd.

Nearby words

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

Origin of dogie

1885–90, Americanism; origin obscure; alleged to be doughg(uts) + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dogie

  • Riding for a dogie outfit was a hard life, but one could always get a laugh out of it somehow.

    The Fighting Edge|William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for dogie


dogy or dogey

noun plural -gies or -geys

Western US and Canadian a motherless calf

Word Origin for dogie

C19: from dough-guts, because they were fed on flour and water paste

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Word Origin and History for dogie



"motherless calf in a herd," 1887, cowboy slang, of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper