Definitions

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

  • n. A servile follower or lackey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Lackey; an unprincipled person who helps or flatters other, more powerful and often evil people; similar in this sense to the English word lapdog.

Etymologies

Translation of Chinese (Mandarin) zǒu gǒu : zǒu, running + gǒu, dog.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A literal translation of the Chinese phrase 走狗 (literally "running dog"; similar terms include 狗腿子 and 狗腿), often used as an insult by the communist government of the People's Republic of China against nations perceived to be in thrall to "imperialist" powers such as the United States (Wiktionary)

Examples

Sorry, no example sentences found.

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.