[ dawg-leg, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌlɛg, ˈdɒg- /


a route, way, or course that turns at a sharp angle.


verb (used without object), dog·legged, dog·leg·ging.

to proceed around a sharp angle or along an angular or zigzag course: The road doglegged through the mountains.


Origin of dogleg

First recorded in 1885–90; dog + leg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dogleg

  • I could just pick out the dogleg at Connors, and imagined I could see the traffic light at Chalmers.

    Cue for Quiet|Thomas L. Sherred
  • As we rode up we could see a gunyah made out of boughs, and a longish wing of dogleg fence, made light but well put together.

    Robbery Under Arms|Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood

British Dictionary definitions for dogleg


/ (ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡ) /


  1. a sharp bend or angle
  2. something with a sharp bend

verb -legs, -legging or -legged

(intr) to go off at an angle


of or with the shape of a dogleg

Derived Forms

doglegged (ˌdɒɡˈlɛɡɪd, ˈdɒɡˌlɛɡd), adjective
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