noun, plural do·gies.


or do·gey, do·gy


noun Western U.S.

a motherless calf in a cattle herd.

Origin of dogie

1885–90, Americanism; origin obscure; alleged to be doughg(uts) + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for dogy

herd, oxen, stock, calves, livestock, dogies, longhorn, strays

Examples from the Web for dogy

Historical Examples of dogy

  • Do you think for a minute we can stop to drive a dogy all the way to Grub Stake?

  • Mrs. Elkins, havin' pulled him through his own dogy stage, dropped out of the cow business, an' devoted herself to kids.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

  • And like the dogy, I didn't run across anything that looked natural or inviting.

    The Happy Family

    Bertha Muzzy Bower

British Dictionary definitions for dogy


noun plural -gies

a variant spelling of dogie


dogy or dogey

noun plural -gies or -geys

Western US and Canadian a motherless calf

Word Origin for dogie

C19: from dough-guts, because they were fed on flour and water paste
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Word Origin and History for dogy



"motherless calf in a herd," 1887, cowboy slang, of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper