I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English docga Date: before 12th century 1. a. canid; especially a highly variable domestic mammal (Canis familiaris) closely related to the gray wolf b. a male dog; also a male usually carnivorous mammal 2. a. a worthless or contemptible person b. fellow, chap <
a lazy dog
you lucky dog
3. a. any of various usually simple mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening that consist of a spike, bar, or hook b. andiron 4. uncharacteristic or affected stylishness or dignity <
put on the dog
5. capitalized either of the constellations Canis Major or Canis Minor 6. plural feet 7. plural ruin <
going to the dogs
8. one inferior of its kind <
the movie was a dog
: as a. an investment not worth its price b. an undesirable piece of merchandise 9. an unattractive person; especially an unattractive girl or woman 10. hot dog 1 • doglike adjective II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. canine 2. spurious; especially unlike that used by native speakers or writers <
dog Latin
dog French
III. transitive verb (dogged; dogging) Date: 1519 1. a. to hunt, track, or follow like a hound <
dogged her every move
b. to worry as if by pursuit with dogs ; plague <
dogged by his past failures
c. to bother or pester persistently <
dogged him about his grades
2. to fasten with a dog IV. adverb Date: 1526 extremely, utterly <

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