- something worthless or of extremely poor quality: That used car you bought is a dog.
- an utter failure; flop: Critics say his new play is a dog.
- any of various mechanical devices, as for gripping or holding something.
- a projection on a moving part for moving steadily or for tripping another part with which it engages.
verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.
- to shirk one's responsibility; loaf on the job.
- to retreat, flee, renege, etc.: a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
Origin of dog
Examples from the Web for dogs
Contemporary Examples of dogs
None, however, have been as all-out cute as this one, a shot-for-shot remake of the teaser with dogs and cats.'Star Wars' Goes to the Dogs (and Cats)
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
December 10, 2014
This health tracker for dogs fits snugly around collars and monitors activity with the goal of making dogs happier and healthier.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
Its time for the government to put a stop to it for good and ban eating cats and dogs.
“In almost all rural areas of Switzerland, it is customary to eat cats and dogs,” she says.
Yes, animal rights activists are trying to ban the eating of cats and dogs in Switzerland.
Historical Examples of dogs
Well, boy, I'd say that the lion had been chawed up considerable—by dogs.Way of the Lawless
We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.
His guns, dogs, and horses, were the things the squire held most dear.
Dogs are capering about, a collie, a setter, a Boston terrier.The Conquest of Fear
These dogs, fortunately for me, were in the cabin at the time I approached it.Biography of a Slave
- a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
- (as modifier)dog biscuit
- any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
- (as modifier)the dog family Related adjective: canine
- the male of animals of the dog family
- (as modifier)a dog fox
- spurious, inferior, or uselessdog Latin
- (in combination)dogberry
verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)
Word Origin for dog
"feet," 1913, from rhyming slang dog's meat.
Old English docga, a late, rare word used of a powerful breed of canine. It forced out Old English hund (the general Germanic and Indo-European word; see canine) by 16c. and subsequently was picked up in many continental languages (e.g. French dogue (16c.), Danish dogge), but the origin remains one of the great mysteries of English etymology.
Many expressions -- a dog's life (c.1600), go to the dogs (1610s), etc. -- reflect earlier hard use of the animals as hunting accessories, not pampered pets. In ancient times, "the dog" was the worst throw in dice (attested in Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit, where the word for "the lucky player" was literally "the dog-killer"), which plausibly explains the Greek word for "danger," kindynas, which appears to be "play the dog."
Slang meaning "ugly woman" is from 1930s; that of "sexually aggressive man" is from 1950s. Adjectival phrase dog-eat-dog attested by 1850s. Dog tag is from 1918. To dog-ear a book is from 1650s; dog-eared in extended sense of "worn, unkempt" is from 1894.
Notwithstanding, as a dog hath a day, so may I perchance have time to declare it in deeds. [Princess Elizabeth, 1550]
It is ill wakyng of a sleapyng dogge. [Heywood, 1562]
Phrase put on the dog "get dressed up" (1934) may look back to the stiff stand-up shirt collars that in the 1890s were the height of male fashion (and were known as dog-collars at least from 1883), with reference to collars worn by dogs. The common Spanish word for "dog," perro, also is a mystery word of unknown origin, perhaps from Iberian. A group of Slavic "dog" words (Old Church Slavonic pisu, Polish pies, Serbo-Croatian pas) likewise are of unknown origin.
"to track like a dog," 1510s, see dog (n.). Related: Dogged; dogging.
In addition to the idioms beginning with dog
- dog days
- dog eat dog
- dog in the manger
- dog it
- coon's (dog's) age
- every dog has its day
- go to pot (the dogs)
- hair of the dog
- hot dog
- in the doghouse
- let sleeping dogs lie
- put on the dog
- rain cats and dogs
- see a man about a dog
- shaggy dog story
- sick as a dog
- tail wagging the dog
- teach an old dog new tricks
- throw to the wolves (dogs)
- top banana (dog)