What does DOG mean?

Definitions for DOGdɔg, dɒg

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word DOG.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dog, domestic dog, Canis familiaris(noun)

    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

    "the dog barked all night"

  2. frump, dog(noun)

    a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman

    "she got a reputation as a frump"; "she's a real dog"

  3. dog(noun)

    informal term for a man

    "you lucky dog"

  4. cad, bounder, blackguard, dog, hound, heel(noun)

    someone who is morally reprehensible

    "you dirty dog"

  5. frank, frankfurter, hotdog, hot dog, dog, wiener, wienerwurst, weenie(noun)

    a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll

  6. pawl, detent, click, dog(noun)

    a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward

  7. andiron, firedog, dog, dog-iron(verb)

    metal supports for logs in a fireplace

    "the andirons were too hot to touch"

  8. chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track(verb)

    go after with the intent to catch

    "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit"


  1. Dog(n.)

    (Zool.) A quadruped of the genus Canis, esp. the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). The dog is distinguished above all others of the inferior animals for intelligence, docility, and attachment to man. There are numerous carefully bred varieties, as the akita, beagle, bloodhound, bulldog, coachdog, collie, Danish dog, foxhound, greyhound, mastiff, pointer, poodle, St. Bernard, setter, spaniel, spitz, terrier, German shepherd, pit bull, Chihuahua, etc. There are also many mixed breeds, and partially domesticated varieties, as well as wild dogs, like the dingo and dhole. (See these names in the Vocabulary.)

  2. Origin: [AS. docga; akin to D. dog mastiff, Dan. dogge, Sw. dogg.]


  1. dog(Noun)

    An animal, member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated for thousands of years; occurs in many breeds. Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris.

    The dog barked all night long.

  2. dog(Noun)

    A male dog, wolf or fox, as opposed to a bitch (a female dog, wolf or fox).

  3. dog(Noun)

    A dull, unattractive girl or woman.

    Sheu2019s a real dog.

  4. dog(Noun)

    A man.

    You lucky dog!

  5. dog(Noun)

    A coward

    Come back and fight you dogs!

  6. dog(Noun)

    Someone who is morally reprehensible.

    You dirty dog.

  7. dog(Noun)

    Any of various mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening something, particularly with a tooth-like projection.

  8. dog(Noun)

    "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)

    1897 Universal Dictionary of the English Language, Robert Hunter and Charles Morris, eds., v2 p1700.

  9. dog(Noun)

    A metal support for logs in a fireplace.

    The dogs were too hot to touch.

  10. dog(Verb)

    To pursue with the intent to catch.

  11. dog(Verb)

    To follow in an annoying way, to constantly be affected by.

    The woman cursed him so that trouble would dog his every step.

  12. dog(Verb)

    To fasten a hatch securely.

    It is very important to dog down these hatches...

  13. dog(Verb)

    To watch, or participate, in sexual activity in a public place, on the pretence of walking the dog; see also dogging.

    I admit that I like to dog at my local country park.

  14. dog(Verb)

    To intentionally restrict one's productivity as employee; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished.

    A surprise inspection of the night shift found that some workers were dogging it.

  15. dog(Verb)

    To position oneself on all fours, after the manner of a dog - probably related to doggy style.

    I'd ask why you're dogged up in the middle of the room, but I probably don't want to know...

  16. dog(Noun)

    A hot dog.

  17. dog(Noun)


  18. dog(Noun)


    "My dogs are barking!" meaning "My feet hurt!"

  19. Origin: From dogge, from docga, a pet-form diminutive of (found in compound fingerdocce with suffix -ga (compare frocga, picga), from dukkōn. More at dock. In the 16th century, it superseded hund and was adopted by many continental European languages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dog(noun)

    a quadruped of the genus Canis, esp. the domestic dog (C. familiaris)

  2. Dog(noun)

    a mean, worthless fellow; a wretch

  3. Dog(noun)

    a fellow; -- used humorously or contemptuously; as, a sly dog; a lazy dog

  4. Dog(noun)

    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)

  5. Dog(noun)

    an iron for holding wood in a fireplace; a firedog; an andiron

  6. Dog(noun)

    a grappling iron, with a claw or claws, for fastening into wood or other heavy articles, for the purpose of raising or moving them

  7. Dog(noun)

    an iron with fangs fastening a log in a saw pit, or on the carriage of a sawmill

  8. Dog(noun)

    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

  9. Dog(verb)

    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

  10. Origin: [AS. docga; akin to D. dog mastiff, Dan. dogge, Sw. dogg.]


  1. Dog

    The domestic dog is a subspecies of the gray wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the mammalian order Carnivora. The term "domestic dog" is generally used for both domesticated and feral varieties. The dog was the first domesticated animal and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and pet animal in human history. The word "dog" may also mean the male of a canine species, as opposed to the word "bitch" for the female of the species. MtDNA evidence shows an evolutionary split between the modern dog's lineage and the modern wolf's lineage around 100,000 years ago but, as of 2013, the oldest fossil specimens genetically linked to the modern dog's lineage date to approximately 33,000-36,000 years ago. Dogs' value to early human hunter-gatherers led to them quickly becoming ubiquitous across world cultures. Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship, and, more recently, aiding handicapped individuals. This impact on human society has given them the nickname "Man's Best Friend" in the Western world. In some cultures, dogs are also a source of meat. In 2001, there were estimated to be 400 million dogs in the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dog

    dog, n. a domestic quadruped of the same genus as the wolf, and akin to the fox, varying in size from small terriers to huge Newfoundlands, mastiffs, and St Bernards: a mean scoundrel: a term of contempt: a fellow (as a jolly dog): one of two constellations of stars: an andiron: an iron hook for holding logs of wood: a dogfish: a cock, as of a gun.—adj. male (opposed to bitch), as in dog-fox, dog-ape.—v.t. to follow as a dog: to follow and watch constantly: to worry with importunity:—pr.p. dog′ging; pa.p. dogged.—ns. Dog′-bane, a plant with an intensely bitter root, valued for its medicinal properties, said to be poisonous to dogs; Dog′-bee, a drone; Dog′-belt, a broad leather belt round the waist for drawing dans or sledges in the low workings of coal-mines; Dog′-bis′cuit, biscuit made for dogs, sometimes containing scraps of meat; Dog′-bolt (obs.), a contemptible fellow; Dog′-box, the part of a railway wagon in which dogs are carried; Dog′-brī′er, the brier dogrose; Dog′cart, a two-wheeled carriage with seats back to back, so called from sporting-dogs being originally carried inside the box.—adj. Dog′-cheap, very cheap.—n. Dog′-coll′ar, a collar for dogs: a kind of stiff collar on a woman's dress: a close-fitting clerical collar.—adj. Dog′-faced.—ns. Dog′-fan′cier, one who has a fancy for, or who deals in dogs; Dog′fish, a popular name for various small species of shark, common on British and American coasts; Dog′-fox, a male fox; Dog′ger.—adj. Dog′gish, like a dog: churlish: brutal.—adv. Dog′gishly.—n. Dog′gishness.—p.adj. Dog′goned (vulg.), confounded.—n. Dog′-grass, a coarse perennial grass common in uncultivated grounds, akin to couch-grass, dog-wheat, &c.—adjs. Dog′-head′ed; Dog′-heart′ed.—ns. Dog′-hole, a hole fit only for dogs: a mean dwelling; Dog′-house, -kenn′el; Dog′-leech, one who treats the diseases of dogs; Dog-lett′er, the letter or sound r—also Canine letter; Dog′-louse; Dog′-pars′ley, fool's parsley; Dog′rose, a wild-rose, a brier; Dog's′-ear, the corner of the leaf of a book turned down like a dog's ear.—v.t. to turn down the corners of leaves.—p.adjs. Dog's′-eared, Dog′-eared.—ns. Dog's′-fenn′el, May-weed; Dog′ship, the quality or personality of a dog.—adj. Dog′-sick.—n. Dog&pri

Editors Contribution

  1. dog

    A type of intelligent and perceptive animal and being with a tail and four legs created and bred in a variety of species.

    Dogs are intelligent and perceptive animals and serve many purposes e.g. pets, working animals, guide animals etc.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DOG' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1471

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DOG' in Written Corpus Frequency: #656

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DOG' in Nouns Frequency: #355

Anagrams for DOG »

  1. god, God


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DOG in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DOG in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lee Latham:

    We almost lost that dog.

  2. Maurice Hurley:

    Silence your dog, captain!

  3. Vikrant Parsai:

    Don’t praise a man by his dog.

  4. Gabriel García Márquez:

    Necessity has the face of a dog.

  5. Tony Breeze:

    Even the lowest dog leaves its mark

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