What does dog mean?

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dɔg, dɒgdog

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dog, domestic dog, Canis familiarisnoun

    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, dognoun

    a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman

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

  3. dognoun

    informal term for a man

    "you lucky dog"

  4. cad, bounder, blackguard, dog, hound, heelnoun

    someone who is morally reprehensible

    "you dirty dog"

  5. frank, frankfurter, hotdog, hot dog, dog, wiener, wienerwurst, weenienoun

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

  6. pawl, detent, click, dognoun

    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-ironverb

    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, trackverb

    go after with the intent to catch

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


  1. Dognoun

    (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.)


  1. dognoun

    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. dognoun

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

  3. dognoun

    A dull, unattractive girl or woman.

    She's a real dog.

  4. dognoun

    A man.

    You lucky dog!

  5. dognoun

    A coward

    Come back and fight you dogs!

  6. dognoun

    Someone who is morally reprehensible.

    You dirty dog.

  7. dognoun

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

  8. dognoun

    "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. dognoun

    A metal support for logs in a fireplace.

    The dogs were too hot to touch.

  10. dogverb

    To pursue with the intent to catch.

  11. dogverb

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

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

  12. dogverb

    To fasten a hatch securely.

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

  13. dogverb

    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. dogverb

    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. dogverb

    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. dognoun

    A hot dog.

  17. dognoun


  18. dognoun


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

  19. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DOGnoun

    Etymology: dogghe, Dutch.

    Such smiling rogues as these sooth every passion:
    Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks
    With ev’ry gale and vary of their masters,
    As knowing nought, like dogs, but following. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Why should we not think a watch and pistol as distinct species one from another, as a horse and a dog. John Locke.

    The clamour roars of men and boys, and dogs,
    Ere the soft fearful people, to the flood
    Commit their woolly sides. James Thomson, Spring, l. 375.

    Among the southern constellations two there are who bear the name of the dog; the one in sixteen degrees latitude, containing on the left thigh a star of the first magnitude, usually called Procyon, or Anticanus. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv.

    It parts the twins and crab, the dog divides,
    And Argo’s keel that broke the frothy tides. Thomas Creech.

    I never heard a passion so confus’d,
    So strange, outrageous, and so variable,
    As the dog Jew did utter in the streets. William Shakespeare, Mer. of Venice.

    Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers. Phil. iii. 2.

    Had whole Colepeper’s wealth been hops and hogs,
    Could he himself have sent it to the dogs? Alexander Pope, Epistles.

    If ever I thank any man, I’ll thank you; but that they call compliments is like the encounter of two dog apes. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Dogverb

    To hunt as a dog, insidiously and indefatigably.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I have dogg’d him like his murtherer. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    His taken labours bid him me forgive;
    I, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth
    From courtly friends, with camping foes to live,
    Where death and danger dog the heels of worth. William Shakespeare.

    Sorrow dogging sin,
    Afflictions sorted. George Herbert.

    These spiritual joys are dogged by no such sad sequels as are the products of those titillations, that reach no higher than fancy and the senses. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Pref.

    I have been pursued, dogged, and way-laid through several nations, and even now scarce think myself secure. Alexander Pope.

    Hate dogs their rise, and insult mocks their fall. Vanity of Human Wishes.


  1. Dog

    The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris when considered a subspecies of the wolf or Canis familiaris when considered a distinct species) is a member of the genus Canis (canines), which forms part of the wolf-like canids, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore. The dog and the extant gray wolf are sister taxa as modern wolves are not closely related to the wolves that were first domesticated, which implies that the direct ancestor of the dog is extinct. The dog was the first species to be domesticated, and has been selectively bred over millennia for various behaviors, sensory capabilities, and physical attributes.Their long association with humans has led dogs to be uniquely attuned to human behavior and they are able to thrive on a starch-rich diet that would be inadequate for other canid species. Dogs vary widely in shape, size and colors. They perform many roles for humans, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship and, more recently, aiding disabled people and therapeutic roles. This influence on human society has given them the sobriquet of "man's best friend".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dognoun

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

  2. Dognoun

    a mean, worthless fellow; a wretch

  3. Dognoun

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

  4. Dognoun

    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. Dognoun

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

  6. Dognoun

    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. Dognoun

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

  8. Dognoun

    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. Dogverb

    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. Etymology: [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′skin, leather made from the skin of a dog, or from sheepskin in imitation of it.—adj. made of such.—ns. Dog′-sleep, a light sleep broken by the slightest noise; Dog's′-meat, coarse meat, scraps and refuse sold as food for dogs; Dog's′-mer′cury, the mercurialis perennis; Dog's′-nose, a kind of mixed drink; Dog's′-tail-grass, a common British pasture grass.—n.pl. Dog′-stones, a name for various British species of orchis.—ns. Dog's′-tongue, the hound's-tongue plant, Cynoglossum officinale; Dog′-tick.—adjs. Dog′-tired, Dog′-wea′ry (Shak.), tired as a dog, completely worn out.—ns. Dog′-trick, an ill-natured trick; Dog′-trot, a gentle trot like that of a dog; Dog′-vane, a small vane of thread, cork, and feathers placed on the weather gunwale to show the direction of the wind; Dog′-vī′olet, the common name of Viola canina and other scentless species of wild violet; Dog′-wheat, a name of Dog-grass; Dog′-whelk, the popular name for univalve molluscs of the genus Nassa; Dog′wood, a tree or shrub of the cornel genus, valuable on account of the hardness of the wood.—interj. Dog on it! a minced oath (for God damn it!).—Go to the dogs, to be ruined; Not to lead the life of a dog, to lead a life so wretched that even a dog would not be content with it; Throw, Give, or Send to the dogs, to throw away or abandon. [M. E. doggë; not in A.S.; Dut. dog, a mastiff; Ger. dogge, docke.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dog

    The hammer of a fire-lock or pistol; that which holds the flint, called also dog-head. Also, a sort of iron hook or bar with a sharp fang at one end, so as to be easily driven into a piece of timber, and drag it along by means of a rope fastened to it, upon which a number of men can pull. Dog is also an iron implement with a fang at each end, to be driven into two pieces of timber, to support and steady one of them while being dubbed, hewn, or sawn.--Span-dogs. Used to lift timber. A pair of dogs linked together, and being hooked at an extended angle, press home with greater strain.

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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

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  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

Examples of dog in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Albanese:

    The peer dogs were something that we saw came in for us after the 6th, to have Lila here now and have our own dog. It really is just a godsend.

  2. Dave Barry:

    You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, My God, you're RIGHT I NEVER would've thought of that'

  3. Sheila McClelland:

    In a state of panic, people could abandon or kill their pets, other people could stigmatize people who have dogs. Dog owners could face unreasonable problems when simply walking their pets outdoors, or neighbors could create trouble for no reason.

  4. Terry McAuliffe:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign in waiting, ‘Ready for Hillary,’ … is piggybacking off the winner of last week’s The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show to pitch some trinkets like dog collars and bowls. In the past, the group has featured a brown Boston terrier. But in a new email a beagle, like the show winner, is used.

  5. Zoe Tang:

    We are trying to stop them sending the greyhounds to the mainland because the problem is it is legal to have dog meat and there is no animal protection there.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. abduct
    • B. rumpus
    • C. loom
    • D. abhor

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