dog

{{11}}dog (n.) O.E. docga, a late, rare word used of a powerful breed of canine. It forced out O.E. hund (the general Germanic and IE word; see CANINE (Cf. canine)) by 16c. and subsequently was picked up in many continental languages (Cf. Fr. dogue (16c.), Dan. dogge), but the origin remains one of the great mysteries of English etymology. Many expressions -- a dog's life (c.1600), go to the dogs (1610s), etc. -- reflect earlier hard use of the animals as hunting accessories, not pampered pets. In ancient times, "the dog" was the worst throw in dice (attested in Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit, where the word for "the lucky player" was lit. "the dog-killer"), which plausibly explains the Greek word for "danger," kindynas, which appears to be "play the dog." Slang meaning "ugly woman" is from 1930s; that of "sexually aggressive man" is from 1950s. Adjectival phrase dog-eat-dog attested by 1850s. Dog tag is from 1918. To dog-ear a book is from 1650s; dog-eared in extended sense of "worn, unkempt" is from 1894.
Notwithstanding, as a dog hath a day, so may I perchance have time to declare it in deeds. [Princess Elizabeth, 1550]
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It is ill wakyng of a sleapyng dogge. [Heywood, 1562]
Phrase put on the dog "get dressed up" (1934) may look back to the stiff stand-up shirt collars that in the 1890s were the height of male fashion (and were known as dog-collars at least from 1883), with reference to collars worn by dogs. The common Spanish word for "dog," perro, also is a mystery word of unknown origin, perhaps from Iberian.
{{12}}dog (v.) "to track like a dog," 1510s, see DOG (Cf. dog) (n.). Related: Dogged; dogging.

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  • Dog — (d[o^]g), n. [AS. docga; akin to D. dog mastiff, Dan. dogge, Sw. dogg.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A quadruped of the genus {Canis}, esp. the domestic dog ({Canis familiaris}). Note: The dog is distinguished above all others of the inferior animals for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dog —    ‘Dog’ is used vocatively in two distinct ways. It is either an insulting term of contempt, or it is almost a compliment, implying that the man addressed is a jolly fellow. As an insult, ‘dog’ has been in use since at least the fourteenth… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • dog — [dôg, däg] n. pl. dogs or dog [ME, generalized in sense < late, rare OE docga, dogga (usual hund: see HOUND1) < ?] 1. a) any of a large and varied group of domesticated canines (Canis familiaris) often kept as a house pet or used for… …   English World dictionary

  • dog — ► NOUN 1) a domesticated carnivorous mammal with a barking or howling voice and an acute sense of smell. 2) a wild animal resembling this, in particular any member of the dog family (Canidae), which includes the wolf, fox, coyote, jackal, and… …   English terms dictionary

  • Dog — steht für: die schweizerische Schreibweise eines Brettspiels; siehe Tock den Künstlernamen folgender Personen: Sen Dog (* 1965), kubanischer Rapper Tim Dog (* 1967), US amerikanischer Rapper Duane Dog Chapman (* 1. Februar 1953), US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • DOG — steht für: die schweizerische Schreibweise eines Brettspiels; siehe Tock den Künstlernamen folgender Personen: Sen Dog (* 1965), kubanischer Rapper Tim Dog (* 1967), US amerikanischer Rapper Duane Dog Chapman aus der Serie Dog – Der Kopfgeldjäger …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • dog — [dɒg ǁ dɒːg] noun [countable] MARKETING in the Growth/​Share Matrix, a product with low market share in a low growth market * * * dog UK US /dɒg/ noun [C] ► INFORMAL an investment, company, or product that will probably fail …   Financial and business terms

  • Dog — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Dog (a veces escrito como D0g o d0g) es un robot de Valve Software 2004. Aparece por primera vez en el juego Half Life 2. El Dr. Eli Vance lo construyó hace más de 2 décadas para proteger a su hija, Alyx Vance cuando …   Wikipedia Español

  • dog — DOG, dogi, s.m. Câine de talie mare, masiv, cu botul lat şi turtit. – Din fr. dogue, engl. dog. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 18.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  dog s. m., pl. dogi Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  DOG dogi …   Dicționar Român

  • Dog — Dog, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dogged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dogging}.] 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. [1913 Webster] I have been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dog|gy — «DG ee, DOG », adjective, gi|er, gi|est, noun, plural gies. –adj. 1. like a dog. 2. very fond of dogs: »the doggy set. 3. Informal. outwardly showy or stylish. –n …   Useful english dictionary

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