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[dawg-nap, dog-]
verb (used with object), dog·napped or dog·naped, dog·nap·ping or dog·nap·ing.
  1. to steal (a dog), especially for the purpose of selling it for profit.
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Origin of dognap

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; dog + -nap
Related formsdog·nap·per, dog·nap·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dognaper


verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -naped
  1. (tr) to carry off and hold (a dog), usually for ransom
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Derived Formsdognapper, noundognapping or US dognaping, noun

Word Origin

C20:from dog + kidnap
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