dog

Definitions

General English

Commerce

  • noun a product that has a low market share and a low growth rate, and so is likely to be dropped from the company’s product line

Construction

  • In concrete forming, the hardware that holds the end of a snap tie.
  • Any device used for holding, gripping, or fastening an object. See also dog anchor.

Military

  • noun an intelligent meat-eating animal with four legs which can be trained to work with man

Slang

  • noun a wig, toupée. The word usually implies a ragged, ill-fitting or generally unconvincing hairpiece. It has been in use among teenagers at least since the early 1970s.
  • noun a rogue, (likeable) reprobate. A 19th-century usage, now a colloquialism usually surviving in the form ‘(you) old dog!’.
  • noun a dog-end
  • verb to abandon, reject, get rid of. The word in this sense has been used by teenagers and college students since the late 1980s.

Media Studies

  • acronym fordigitally originated graphic
    (written as DOG)
  • noun a small stationary logo, usually used to identify a channel, shown in one corner of a screen.

Origin & History of “dog”

Dog is one of the celebrated mystery words of English etymology. It appears once in late Old English, in the Prudentius glosses, where it translates Latin canis, but its use does not seem to have proliferated until the 13th century, and it did not replace the native hound as the main word for the animal until the 16th century. It has no known relatives of equal antiquity in other European languages, although several borrowed it in the 16th and 17th centuries for particular sorts of ‘dog’: German dogge ‘large dog, such as a mastiff’, for instance, French dogue ‘mastiff’, and Swedish dogg ‘bulldog’.
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