WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
dog /dɔg, dɑg/USA pronunciation
n., v., dogged, dog•ging. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [~ + object]
- Dog and Cat Breedsa common four-legged animal kept as a pet and bred in many varieties.
- Mammalsa wild four-legged animal related to this, such as the wolf.
- a despicable man or youth:What a dirty dog he is, leaving you like that!
- Informal Termsa fellow:He's a lucky dog.
- Slang Termsdogs, [plural] feet:My dogs are killing me.
- Slang Termssomething worthless or of extremely poor quality:That movie was a dog.
- [Slang.]a very unattractive person.
- to follow closely like a dog;
pursue:The agency was dogged by complaints.
- Idiomsgo to the dogs, to go to a worse state or condition;
- Idiomslet sleeping dogs lie, to leave an existing situation alone rather than risk doing something to make it worse.
(dôg, dog),USA pronunciation n., v., dogged, dog•ging. n.
- a domesticated canid, Canis familiaris, bred in many varieties.
- Mammalsany carnivore of the dogfamily Canidae, having prominent canine teeth and, in the wild state, a long and slender muzzle, a deep-chested muscular body, a bushy tail, and large, erect ears. Cf. canid.
- the male of such an animal.
- any of various animals resembling a dog.
- a despicable man or youth.
- Informal Termsa fellow in general:a lucky dog.
- Slang Termsdogs, feet.
- Slang Terms
- something worthless or of extremely poor quality:That used car you bought is a dog.
- an utter failure;
flop:Critics say his new play is a dog.
- [Slang.]an ugly, boring, or crude person.
- [Slang.]See hot dog.
- Slang Terms(cap.) [Astron.]either of two constellations, Canis Major or Canis Minor.
- Mechanical Engineeringany of various mechanical devices, as for gripping or holding something.
- Mechanical Engineeringa projection on a moving part for moving steadily or for tripping another part with which it engages.
- MetallurgyAlso called gripper, nipper. a device on a drawbench for drawing the work through the die.
- a cramp binding together two timbers.
- Mechanical Engineeringan iron bar driven into a stone or timber to provide a means of lifting it.
- an andiron;
- Meteorologya sundog or fogdog.
- Telecommunicationsa word formerly used in communications to represent the letter D.
- Idiomsgo to the dogs, [Informal.]to deteriorate;
degenerate morally or physically:This neighborhood is going to the dogs.
- Idiomslead a dog's life, to have an unhappy or harassed existence:He maintained that he led a dog's life in the army.
- Idiomslet sleeping dogs lie, to refrain from action that would alter an existing situation for fear of causing greater problems or complexities.
- Idiomsput on the dog, [Informal.]to assume an attitude of wealth or importance;
put on airs.
- to follow or track like a dog, esp. with hostile intent;
- to drive or chase with a dog or dogs.
- [Mach.]to fasten with dogs.
- dog it, [Informal.]
- to shirk one's responsibility;
loaf on the job.
- to retreat, flee, renege, etc.:a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
- Middle English dogge, Old English docga bef. 1050
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dog /dɒɡ/ n
vb (dogs, dogging, dogged)(transitive)
- a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
- any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
- the male of animals of the dog family
- (modifier) spurious, inferior, or useless
- a mechanical device for gripping or holding, esp one of the axial slots by which gear wheels or shafts are engaged to transmit torque
- informal a fellow; chap
- informal a man or boy regarded as unpleasant, contemptible, or wretched
- slang an unattractive or boring girl or woman
- US Canadian informal something unsatisfactory or inferior
- short for firedog
- a dog's chance ⇒ no chance at all
- a dog's dinner, a dog's breakfast ⇒ informal something that is messy or bungled
- a dog's life ⇒ a wretched existence
- dog eat dog ⇒ ruthless competition or self-interest
- like a dog's dinner ⇒ informal dressed smartly or ostentatiously
- put on the dog ⇒ US Canadian informal to behave or dress in an ostentatious or showy manner
- to pursue or follow after like a dog
- to trouble; plague
- to chase with a dog or dogs
- to grip, hold, or secure by a mechanical device
See also dogsEtymology: Old English docga, of obscure origin
- (usually in combination) thoroughly; utterly: dog-tired
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