Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small shelter for a dog.
  • idiom (in the doghouse) In great disfavor or trouble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any small house or structure or enclosure used to house a dog.
  • noun A structure of small size, similar to that of a dog-house, but offering useful shelter for a human.
  • noun Mechanically, an equipment cover with an opening, with a shape resembling a doghouse.
  • noun nautical A difficult or demoralizing situation.

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

  • noun outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
  • noun an idiomatic term for being in disfavor

Etymologies

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dog +‎ house

Examples

  • Earlier this week, the incomparable Michael Farber of Sports Illustraded asked Jacques Martin whether he would use the term doghouse to describe his approach to an out-of-favour player.

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  • Earlier this week, the incomparable Michael Farber of Sports Illustraded asked Jacques Martin whether he would use the term doghouse to describe his approach to an out-of-favour player.

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  • LONDON, Ontario, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Canadian man raising funds for the humane society in London, Ontario, is living in a rooftop tent he calls a doghouse in harsh winter weather.

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  • LONDON, Ontario, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Canadian man raising funds for the humane society in London, Ontario, is living in a rooftop tent he calls a doghouse in harsh winter weather.

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  • Shulz has said that the strip changed dramatically once he started drawing Snoopy’s doghouse from the side: Snoopy practically took over.

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  • Propped up inside the doghouse was the body of a golden re - triever, or what remained of it.

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  • The plain truth about you at the moment is that you are in the doghouse, which is a very appropriate place for you, now I come to think of it.

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  • The plain truth about you at the moment is that you are in the doghouse, which is a very appropriate place for you, now I come to think of it.

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  • Inside the doghouse was a leg of caribou or some sort of animal bone, she said.

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  • Building a doghouse is a firstyear project in which students learn to use basic power tools, how to install vinyl siding and put on flat and gabled roofs.

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