dog

A dog is a member of the Canine genus, sometimes found wild but often found curled up on the couch when you're not at home.

A dog is an animal of the genus Canis, probably descended from wolves, but in some cases more like teddy bears. Animal names are really old words, and dog is old enough that no one knows where it's from. We also call ugly ladies and rotten gentlemen "dogs," so be careful not to call someone "a dog" when you mean, "what up, dog." It's also a verb: to dog (or to hound) someone is to follow them around relentlessly.

Primary Meanings of dog

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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
go after with the intent to catch
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someone who is morally reprehensible
3.
n
a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll
4.
n
metal supports for logs in a fireplace
5.
n
a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
Full Definitions of dog
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n 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”
Synonyms:
Canis familiaris, domestic dog
Types:
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puppy
a young dog
barker, bow-wow, doggie, doggy, pooch
informal terms for dogs
cur, mongrel, mutt
an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
lapdog
a dog small and tame enough to be held in the lap
toy, toy dog
any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
hunting dog
a dog used in hunting game
working dog
any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
carriage dog, coach dog, dalmatian
a large breed having a smooth white coat with black or brown spots; originated in Dalmatia
basenji
small smooth-haired breed of African origin having a tightly curled tail and the inability to bark
pug, pug-dog
small compact smooth-coated breed of Asiatic origin having a tightly curled tail and broad flat wrinkled muzzle
Leonberg
a large dog (usually with a golden coat) produced by crossing a St Bernard and a Newfoundland
Newfoundland, Newfoundland dog
a breed of very large heavy dogs with a thick coarse usually black coat; highly intelligent dogs and vigorous swimmers; developed in Newfoundland
Great Pyrenees
bred of large heavy-coated white dogs resembling the Newfoundland
spitz
any of various stocky heavy-coated breeds of dogs native to northern regions having pointed muzzles and erect ears with a curled furry tail
Belgian griffon, Brussels griffon, griffon
breed of various very small compact wiry-coated dogs of Belgian origin having a short bearded muzzle
Welsh corgi, corgi
either of two Welsh breeds of long-bodied short-legged dogs with erect ears and a fox-like head
poodle, poodle dog
an intelligent dog with a heavy curly solid-colored coat that is usually clipped; an old breed sometimes trained as sporting dogs or as performing dogs
Mexican hairless
any of an old breed of small nearly hairless dogs of Mexico
feist, fice
a nervous belligerent little mongrel dog
pariah dog, pie-dog, pye-dog
ownerless half-wild mongrel dog common around Asian villages especially India
Chihuahua
an old breed of tiny short-haired dog with protruding eyes from Mexico held to antedate Aztec civilization
Japanese spaniel
breed of toy dogs originating in Japan having a silky black-and-white or red-and-white coat
Maltese, Maltese dog, Maltese terrier
breed of toy dogs having a long straight silky white coat
Peke, Pekinese, Pekingese
a Chinese breed of small short-legged dogs with a long silky coat and broad flat muzzle
Shih-Tzu
a Chinese breed of small dog similar to a Pekingese
toy spaniel
a very small spaniel
toy terrier
a small active dog
courser
a dog trained for coursing
Rhodesian ridgeback
a powerful short-haired African hunting dog having a crest of reversed hair along the spine
hound, hound dog
any of several breeds of dog used for hunting typically having large drooping ears
badger dog, dachshund, dachsie
small long-bodied short-legged German breed of dog having a short sleek coat and long drooping ears; suited for following game into burrows
terrier
any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground
gun dog, sporting dog
a dog trained to work with sportsmen when they hunt with guns
guard dog, watchdog
a dog trained to guard property
sheep dog, sheepdog, shepherd dog
any of various usually long-haired breeds of dog reared to herd and guard sheep
police dog
any dog trained to assist police especially in tracking
Sennenhunde
any of four Swiss breeds
boxer
a breed of stocky medium-sized short-haired dog with a brindled coat and square-jawed muzzle developed in Germany
mastiff
an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog
bull mastiff
large powerful breed developed by crossing the bulldog and the mastiff
English bulldog, bulldog
a sturdy thickset short-haired breed with a large head and strong undershot lower jaw; developed originally in England for bull baiting
Great Dane
very large powerful smooth-coated breed of dog
guide dog
a dog trained to guide the blind
hearing dog
dog trained to assist the deaf by signaling the occurrence of certain sounds
Saint Bernard, St Bernard
a Swiss alpine breed of large powerful dog with a thick coat of hair used as a rescue dog
seizure-alert dog
a dog that can alert or assist people with seizure disorders
sled dog, sledge dog
a dog trained to draw a sled usually in a team
Eskimo dog, husky
breed of heavy-coated Arctic sled dog
liver-spotted dalmatian
a brown-spotted dalmatian
Samoyed, Samoyede
Siberian breed of white or cream-colored dog of the spitz family
Pomeranian
breed of very small compact long-haired dogs of the spitz type
chow, chow chow
breed of medium-sized dogs with a thick coat and fluffy curled tails and distinctive blue-black tongues; believed to have originated in northern China
keeshond
a spitz-like dog having a shaggy greyish coat and tightly curled tail originating in Holland
Brabancon griffon
a variety of Brussels griffon having a short smooth coat
Pembroke, Pembroke Welsh corgi
the smaller and straight-legged variety of corgi having pointed ears and a short tail
Cardigan, Cardigan Welsh corgi
slightly bowlegged variety of corgi having rounded ears and a long tail
toy poodle
the breed of very small poodles
miniature poodle
a breed of small poodles
standard poodle
a breed or medium-sized poodles
large poodle
the largest breed of poodle
Type of:
domestic animal, domesticated animal
any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment
canid, canine
any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles

v go after with the intent to catch

Synonyms:
chase, chase after, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail
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tree
chase an animal up a tree
quest
search the trail of (game)
hound, hunt, trace
pursue or chase relentlessly
run down
pursue until captured
ferret
hound or harry relentlessly
Type of:
follow, pursue
follow in or as if in pursuit
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n someone who is morally reprehensible

“you dirty dog
Synonyms:
blackguard, bounder, cad, heel, hound
Types:
perisher
bounder
Type of:
scoundrel, villain
a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately

n informal term for a man

“you lucky dog
Type of:
blighter, bloke, chap, cuss, fella, feller, fellow, gent, lad
a boy or man

n a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman

“she's a real dog
Synonyms:
frump
Type of:
disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman
a woman who is an unpleasant person
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n a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll

Synonyms:
frank, frankfurter, hot dog, hotdog, weenie, wiener, wienerwurst
Types:
Vienna sausage
short slender frankfurter usually with ends cut off
Type of:
sausage
highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings
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n metal supports for logs in a fireplace

Synonyms:
andiron, dog-iron, firedog
Type of:
support
any device that bears the weight of another thing
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n a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward

Synonyms:
click, detent, pawl
Type of:
catch, stop
a restraint that checks the motion of something

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