Definitions

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

  • n. A wild gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati) of eastern North America, bearing large, prickly berries.
  • n. A wild mountain ash (Pyrus decora) of eastern North America.
  • n. The fruit of either of these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The berry of the dogwood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The berry of the dogwood; -- called also dogcherry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The berry of the dogwood, Cornus sanguinea.
  • n. In Nova Scotia, the mountain-ash, Pyrus Americana.
  • n. Ribes Cynosbati. See wild *gooseberry, 1.

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  • dogberry – an ignorant, self-important official
    (From the name of a foolish constable in Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing".)

    April 10, 2013

  • After a character in Much Ado About Nothing.

    July 29, 2009

  • But the clerk sprang to his feet and, thrusting his pen behind his ear as if he were shouldering arms, said in a loud consequential voice: "Ay, I sent a messenger along to your residence the same time I 'phoned up to the Head Office to hev' the patient put on the danger list! Everything possible is done in the way of consideration for the feelings of friends and relations!" Yes, this was a hospital, and of course people sometimes died in hospitals. But she pushed away that fact and set her eyes steadily on the clerk's face, her mind on the words he had just spoken, and nearly laughed aloud to see that here was that happy and comic thing a Dogberry, a simple soul who gilds employment in some mean and tedious capacity by conceiving it as a position of power over great issues.

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 29, 2009