[ dawg-nap, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔg næp, ˈdɒg- /

verb (used with object), dog·napped or dog·naped, dog·nap·ping or dog·nap·ing.

to steal (a dog), especially for the purpose of selling it for profit.

Origin of dognap

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; dog + -nap

Related forms

dog·nap·per, dog·nap·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dognap


/ (ˈdɒɡnæp) /

verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -naped

(tr) to carry off and hold (a dog), usually for ransom

Derived Forms

dognapper, noundognapping or US dognaping, noun

Word Origin for dognap

C20:from dog + kidnap
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