Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Slang One who does menial work; a drudge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who does menial work, a servant.
  • v. To act as a dogsbody, to do menial work:

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a worker who has to do all the unpleasant or boring jobs that no one else wants to do

Etymologies

British slang, naval rations (obsolete), midshipman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
dog's +‎ body. 1818, British navy slang, originally derogatory reference to unappetizing pease pudding (compare dog's breakfast), as if it were made of mashed dog meat. In 20th century applied to low-ranked sailors, thence menial servants in wider usage. (Wiktionary)

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  • wowf

    May 24, 2010

  • Good word. Lie down.

    May 24, 2010

  • Dogskull, dogsniff, eyes on the ground, moves to one great goal. Ah, poor dogsbody. Here lies poor dogsbody's body.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006