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Definitions of dogging

dogging  (ˈdɒɡɪŋ



  1. (British, slang) the practice of carrying out or watching sexual activities in semi-secluded locations such as parks or car parks, often arranged by e-mail or text messages

dog  (dɒɡ



    1. a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ dog biscuit
    1. any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ the dog family related adjective canine
    1. the male of animals of the dog family
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ a dog fox
  1. (modifier)
    1. spurious, inferior, or useless   ⇒ dog Latin
    2. (in combination)   ⇒ dogberry
  2. a mechanical device for gripping or holding, esp one of the axial slots by which gear wheels or shafts are engaged to transmit torque
  3. (informal) a fellow; chap   ⇒ you lucky dog
  4. (informal) a man or boy regarded as unpleasant, contemptible, or wretched
  5. (US, informal) a male friend: used as a term of address
  6. (slang) an unattractive or boring girl or woman
  7. (US & Canadian, informal) something unsatisfactory or inferior
  8. short for firedog
  9. any of various atmospheric phenomena See fogdog, seadog, sundog
  10. See a dog's chance

  11. See a dog's dinner

  12. See a dog's life

  13. See dog eat dog

  14. See like a dog's dinner

  15. See put on the dog


Word forms:   dogs,  dogging,  dogged
  1. to pursue or follow after like a dog
  2. to trouble; plague   ⇒ to be dogged by ill health
  3. to chase with a dog or dogs
  4. to grip, hold, or secure by a mechanical device


  1. (usually in combination) thoroughly; utterly   ⇒ dog-tired

Derived Forms

ˈdogˌlike  adjective

Word Origin

Old English docga, of obscure origin


View thesaurus entry
= hound, canine, bitch, puppy, pup, mongrel, tyke, mutt (slang), pooch (slang), cur, man's best friend, kuri or goorie (New Zealand), brak (South Africa)
= scoundrel, villain, cur, heel (slang), knave (archaic), blackguard
= pursue, follow, track, chase, shadow, harry, tail (informal), trail, hound, stalk, go after, give chase to

Quotations including 'dogging'

  • "Love me, love my dog" [St. Bernard]
  • "The more one gets to know of men, the more one values dogs" [A. Toussenel]
  • "Dogs live with man as courtiers round a monarch, steeped in the flattery of his notice and enriched with sinecures" [Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too" [Samuel Butler
  • "Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends" [Alexander Pope]
  • "Every dog has its day"
  • "Why keep a dog and bark yourself?"
  • "If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas"
  • "A live dog is better than a dead lion"
  • "Let sleeping dogs lie"


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