or dog watch

[ dawg-woch, -wawch, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌwɒtʃ, -ˌwɔtʃ, ˈdɒg- /


Nautical. either of two two-hour watches, the first from 4 to 6 p.m., the latter from 6 to 8 p.m.
Also called lobster shift, lobster trick, sunrise watch. Journalism Slang. the period, after the regular editions of a newspaper have gone to press, during which staff personnel remain on duty to await any new developments that may warrant an extra issue.
Informal. any night shift, especially the last or latest one.

Nearby words

  1. dogsled,
  2. dogtooth,
  3. dogtooth violet,
  4. dogtrot,
  5. dogvane,
  6. dogwood,
  7. dogwood family,
  8. dogwood winter,
  9. dogy,
  10. doh

Origin of dogwatch

First recorded in 1690–1700; dog + watch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dogwatch


/ (ˈdɒɡˌwɒtʃ) /


either of two two-hour watches aboard ship, from four to six p.m. or from six to eight p.m
NZ a shift from midnight to six a.m. in a mine
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