dog: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (dôg, dog), [key]
— n., v., dogged, dog•ging.
- a domesticated canid, Canis familiaris, bred in many varieties.
- any 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.
- a fellow in general: a lucky dog.
- That used car you bought is a dog.
- 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.
- an ugly, boring, or crude person.
- (cap.)either of two constellations, Canis Major or Canis Minor.
- any of various mechanical devices, as for gripping or holding something.
- a projection on a moving part for moving steadily or for tripping another part with which it engages.
- Also calleda device on a drawbench for drawing the work through the die.
- a cramp binding together two timbers.
- an iron bar driven into a stone or timber to provide a means of lifting it.
- an andiron; firedog.
- a sundog or fogdog.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter D.
- to deteriorate; degenerate morally or physically: This neighborhood is going to the dogs.
- to have an unhappy or harassed existence: He maintained that he led a dog's life in the army.
- to refrain from action that would alter an existing situation for fear of causing greater problems or complexities.
- to assume an attitude of wealth or importance; put on airs.
- to follow or track like a dog, esp. with hostile intent; hound.
- to drive or chase with a dog or dogs.
- to fasten with dogs.
- a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
- to shirk one's responsibility; loaf on the job.
- to retreat, flee, renege, etc.:a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.
- dog (Thesaurus)