dog Definition

a domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, non-retractable claws, and a barking, howling, or whining voice..

Using dog: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dog" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a dog named Max.

  • Example

    The dog barked loudly at the mailman.

  • Example

    She trained her dog to do tricks.

  • Example

    The police use dogs to help them find drugs.

dog Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using dog

  • avoid interfering in a situation that is currently causing no problems but may well do so as a result of such interference


    I know you want to confront your boss about the mistake, but sometimes it's better to let sleeping dogs lie.

  • work very hard and tirelessly


    I've been working like a dog all week to finish this project.

  • the most important or dominant person or organization in a particular sphere


    After the merger, our company became the top dog in the industry.

Phrases with dog

  • a type of sausage served in a long, split roll, typically with mustard, ketchup, and other condiments


    I had a hot dog and a soda for lunch.

  • dog-eat-dog

    a situation marked by ruthless competition and self-interest


    The business world can be a dog-eat-dog environment.

  • very ill or unwell


    After eating that bad sushi, I was sick as a dog all night.

Origins of dog

from Old English 'docga', a powerful breed of canine


Summary: dog in Brief

A 'dog' [dษ’ษก] is a domesticated carnivorous mammal known for its keen sense of smell, non-retractable claws, and barking, howling, or whining voice. They are often kept as pets and trained to perform tricks. The term extends into phrases like 'hot dog,' referring to a type of sausage, and idioms like 'let sleeping dogs lie,' meaning to avoid interfering in a situation that is not causing problems.

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