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

  • n. A domesticated carnivorous mammal (Canis familiaris) related to the foxes and wolves and raised in a wide variety of breeds.
  • n. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, such as the dingo.
  • n. A male animal of the family Canidae, especially of the fox or a domesticated breed.
  • n. Any of various other animals, such as the prairie dog.
  • n. Informal A person: You won, you lucky dog.
  • n. Informal A person regarded as contemptible: You stole my watch, you dog.
  • n. Slang A person regarded as unattractive or uninteresting.
  • n. Slang Something of inferior or low quality: "The President had read the speech to some of his friends and they told him it was a dog” ( John P. Roche).
  • n. Slang An investment that produces a low return or a loss.
  • n. Slang The feet.
  • n. See andiron.
  • n. Slang A hot dog; a wiener.
  • n. Any of various hooked or U-shaped metallic devices used for gripping or holding heavy objects.
  • n. Astronomy A sun dog.
  • adv. Totally; completely. Often used in combination: dog-tired.
  • transitive v. To track or trail persistently: "A stranger then is still dogging us” ( Arthur Conan Doyle).
  • transitive v. To hold or fasten with a mechanical device: "Watertight doors and hatches were dropped into place and dogged down to give the ship full watertight integrity” ( Tom Clancy).
  • idiom dog it Slang To fail to expend the effort needed to do or accomplish something.
  • idiom go to the dogs To go to ruin; degenerate.
  • idiom put on the dog Informal To make an ostentatious display of elegance, wealth, or culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mammal, Canis lupus familiaris, of the genus Canis that has been domesticated for thousands of years, of highly variable appearance due to human breeding.
  • n. A male dog, wolf or fox, as opposed to a bitch (a female dog, wolf or fox).
  • n. A dull, unattractive girl or woman.
  • n. A man.
  • n. A coward
  • n. Someone who is morally reprehensible.
  • n. Any of various mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening something, particularly with a tooth-like projection.
  • n. this sense?) A click or pallet adapted to engage the teeth of a ratchet-wheel, to restrain the back action; a click or pawl. (See also: ratchet, windlass)
  • n. A metal support for logs in a fireplace.
  • n. A hot dog.
  • n. Underdog
  • n. feet.
  • v. To pursue with the intent to catch.
  • v. To follow in an annoying way, to constantly be affected by.
  • v. To fasten a hatch securely.
  • v. To watch, or participate, in sexual activity in a public place, on the pretence of walking the dog; see also dogging.
  • v. To intentionally restrict one's productivity as employee; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished.
  • v. To position oneself on all fours, after the manner of a dog.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quadruped of the genus Canis, esp. the domestic dog (Canis familiaris).
  • n. A mean, worthless fellow; a wretch.
  • n. A fellow; -- used humorously or contemptuously
  • n. One of the two constellations, Canis Major and Canis Minor, or the Greater Dog and the Lesser Dog. Canis Major contains the Dog Star (Sirius).
  • n. An iron for holding wood in a fireplace; a firedog; an andiron.
  • n.
  • n. A grappling iron, with a claw or claws, for fastening into wood or other heavy articles, for the purpose of raising or moving them.
  • n. An iron with fangs fastening a log in a saw pit, or on the carriage of a sawmill.
  • n. A piece in machinery acting as a catch or clutch; especially, the carrier of a lathe, also, an adjustable stop to change motion, as in a machine tool.
  • n. an ugly or crude person, especially an ugly woman.
  • n. a hot dog.
  • transitive v. To hunt or track like a hound; to follow insidiously or indefatigably; to chase with a dog or dogs; to worry, as if by dogs; to hound with importunity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To follow like a dog; follow with or as with dogs, as in hunting with dogs; hunt; follow pertinaciously or maliciously; keep at the heels of; worry with importunity: as, to dog deer; to dog a person's footsteps.
  • To fasten, as a log by means of a dog (see dog, n., 9 ), for sawing.
  • Nautical, to grip, as a rope, to a spar or cable so that the parts bind on each other, to prevent slipping, and causing it to cling.
  • n. A quadruped of the genus Canis, C. familiaris.
  • n. In distinguishing sex, a male dog, as opposed to bitch; hence sometimes used in composition for the male of other animals, as in dog-fox, dog-ape.
  • n. plural Canine quadrupeds in general; the family Canidœ (which see).
  • n. The prairie-dog.
  • n. The dogfish.
  • n. A mean, worthless fellow; a currish or sneaking scoundrel: applied in reproach or contempt.
  • n. A gay or rakish man, especially if young; a sport or gallant: applied, usually with an epithet (young, impudent, etc.), in mild or humorous reprobation.
  • n. In astronomy: [capitalized] One of two ancient constellations lying south of the zodiac, known as Canis Major and Canis Minor. See Canis.
  • n. The dog-star.
  • n. A name of various mechanical devices, tools, and pieces of machinery.
  • n. Same as dog-head, 1.
  • n. A sort of iron hook or bar, with one or more sharp fangs or claws at one end, which may be fastened into a piece of wood or other heavy article, for the purpose of moving it: used with various specific prefixes, See cut.
  • n. An iron with fangs for fastening a log in a saw-pit or on the carriage of a saw-mill.
  • n. Any part of a machine acting as a claw or clutch, as the carrier of a lathe, or an adjustable stop to change the motion of a machine-tool.
  • n. plural The set-screws which adjust the bed-tool of a punching-press.
  • n. A grappling-iron which lifts the monkey or hammer of a pile-driver.
  • n. A click or pallet to restrain the back-action of a ratchet-wheel by engaging the teeth; a pawl.
  • n. plural In ship-building, the final supports which are knocked aside when a ship is launched; a dogshore.
  • n. In a lock, a tooth, projection, tusk, or jag which acts as a detent.
  • n. A grab used to grasp well-tubes or -tools, to withdraw them from bored, drilled, or driven wells.
  • n. plural Nippers used in wire-drawing. They resemble carpenters' strong pincers or pliers, and are sometimes closed by a sliding ring at the end of the strap or chain which slides down the handles of the nippers.
  • n. The painted hyena or cynhyene. See Lycaon.
  • n. A short, heavy piece of steel, bent and pointed at one end and with an eye or ring at the other. It is used for many purposes in logging, and is sometimes so shaped that a blow directly against the line of draft will loosen it. Also called tail-hook.
  • n. In agriculture, an implement for dragging brush, roots, and poles out of the ground; a brush-puller.

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

  • n. metal supports for logs in a fireplace
  • v. go after with the intent to catch
  • n. a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman
  • n. someone who is morally reprehensible
  • n. a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds
  • n. a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
  • n. informal term for a man
  • n. a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll


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

Middle English dogge, from Old English docga.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English dogge, from Old English docga ("hound, powerful breed of dog"), a pet-form diminutive of Old English *docce (“muscle”) (found in compound fingerdocce ("finger-muscle") with suffix -ga (compare frocga ("frog"), picga ("pig")), from Proto-Germanic *dukkōn (“power, strength, muscle”). More at dock. In the 16th century, it superseded Old English hund and was adopted by many continental European languages.


  • To illustrate, consider a sentence like ˜A dog barked™, and suppose that ˜dog™ denotes the set X,


  • For example, in ˜Every dog is a mammal™, both ˜dog™ and ˜mammal™ have personal supposition.

    William of Ockham

  • We had a dog, true it was a different one, a ferocious dog…

    The Making of Mr. Putin

  • At the present time, there is not a concert or an opera at Darmstadt to which Mr. S---- and his wonderful dog are not invited; or, at least, _the dog_.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

  • It's where a dog can be a dog®, and is designed to provide the highest levels of fun, safety and service for campers, and peace of mind for their parents.

  • "'Well, no,' admitted Sykes; 'I see plenty of pieces, but I guess that dog _as a dog_, ain't of much account.'

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • "This is the reason the term dog days of August was invented," said analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The term "dog days" was coined by the ancient Romans, who called these hot and humid days caniculares dies or "days of the dogs" after the star Sirius -- Canis Majoris, the "Greater Dog," which is one of the hunting dogs of Orion.

    The Full Feed from

  • He is demonstrating abstract thinking when he assigns the word dog to what is clearly not a real dog.

    Testing for Kindergarten

  • When an interviewee pronounces the word dog as “dawg,” it is permissible in the more informal sections of the paper to render it as pronounced.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time


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    November 30, 2010

  • Underdog (noun)

    1. a person who is expected to lose in a contest or conflict.

    2. a victim of social or political injustice: The underdogs were beginning to organize their protests.

    September 26, 2009

  • Meditatio

    by Ezra Pound

    When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs

    I am compelled to conclude

    That man is the superior animal.

    When I consider the curious habits of man

    I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.

    July 13, 2009

  • I edited it to his/her/it as I wrote it but Wordie was so slow and buggy for me this morning I gave up trying to get the edit to load lest I end up with threepeats. My apologies.

    July 8, 2009

  • Well, I disagree (ever so respectfully) with the both of you. It wouldn't be the first time. Referring to a new user as 'it' smacks of rudeness, dontcha think, bigears?

    But who died and appointed me arbiter of Wordiquette? So I will butt out and go loose the dogs of faux-etymology on some other random wordpage.

    July 8, 2009

  • I think this kind of link can go on a person's profile, but is borderline spam on word pages. Like chained_bear, "I get suspicious when a person logs onto the site and posts only 1 or 2 comments that direct people to another site." In fact only 1 comment has been made and 0 lists. If a representative of OED came over here and started dropping links to their site and nothing else I'd consider it spam too.

    To me the problem is that there are other ways of doing things, if the noob bothered. E.g. It could have set up a Dog Metaphors open list and invited contributions, perhaps with its site link in the description line. So I think it's okay to probe noob early on and encourage/admonish/welcome/nuke as appropriate.

    July 8, 2009

  • Like I said, it was just a question. I post more than my share of links, and certainly don't begrudge the same activity to any other users, new or old. But I get suspicious when a person logs onto the site and posts only 1 or 2 comments that direct people to another site. Hence, my question. *shrugs* Sue me. I'm happy to be wrong in this instance, but I think it's a valid question.

    July 8, 2009

  • I think you are being a little unwelcoming, c_b. Given the website's name and description, it's not unreasonable to think that it's likely to be of interest to a community of people with a shared interest in words. Just visiting the website would have cleared up your question (and I'm pretty sure you would have found it rewarding - I did). Do we really want to take new members to task for alerting us to fun stuff elsewhere on the web? I hope not.

    Amacleod: The site is terrific, and I look forward to having a chance to read the essay later on. A couple of possible additions to your main entry list might be:

    stress puppy, poodle-faker, turnspit dog, dog's nose, the mutt's nuts

    And I would make the case for adding Tintin's dog, Snowy, to the list of illustrious pooches.

    July 8, 2009

  • Why? Is there something on your website that is etymologically related to "dog"? Are you here to list words and/or join the conversation, or just to promote your website? Not trying to be rude, just asking an honest question!

    July 8, 2009

  • Please see my web site, The Canine in Conversation: Dogs in Metaphor and Idiom, Illustrated.

    July 8, 2009

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    October 16, 2008

  • I was referring to the previous comment, not your Integrated Legume Processing Unit.

    October 15, 2008

  • Au contraire, Cisco. Bean dog, not dog, not chickpeas.

    (I take my little monkey dog very seriously. I'm a mama bear, remember.)

    October 15, 2008

  • Translation: chick peas. See bean dog.

    October 15, 2008

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    - Groucho Marx.

    December 24, 2007

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    November 3, 2007

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