[ dawg, dog ]
/ dɔg, dɒg /


verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.


Origin of dog

before 1050; Middle English dogge, Old English docga
Related formsdog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dogs

British Dictionary definitions for dogs (1 of 3)


/ (dɒɡz) /

pl n

the dogs British informal greyhound racing
slang the feet
marketing informal goods with a low market share, which are unlikely to yield substantial profits
go to the dogs informal to go to ruin physically or morally
let sleeping dogs lie to leave things undisturbed
throw someone to the dogs to abandon someone to criticism or attack

British Dictionary definitions for dogs (2 of 3)


/ (dɒɡz) /


Isle of Dogs a district in the East End of London, bounded on three sides by the River Thames, and a focus of major office development (Canary Wharf) in recent years

British Dictionary definitions for dogs (3 of 3)


/ (dɒɡ) /


verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)


(usually in combination) thoroughly; utterlydog-tired
See also dogs
Derived Formsdoglike, adjective

Word Origin for dog

Old English docga, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with dogs


In addition to the idioms beginning with dog

  • dog days
  • dog eat dog
  • dog in the manger
  • dog it

also see:

  • 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)
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