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[daw-gee, dog-ee] /ˈdɔ gi, ˈdɒg i/
noun, plural doggies.
a little dog or a puppy.
a pet term for any dog.
Also, doggie.
Origin of doggy1
1815-25; dog + -y2


[daw-gee, dog-ee] /ˈdɔ gi, ˈdɒg i/
adjective, doggier, doggiest.
of or relating to a dog:
a doggy smell.
fond of dogs:
tweedy, doggy people.
pretentious; ostentatious.
Also, doggie.
1350-1400; Middle English; see dog, -y1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doggie
  • But those doggie faces peeking out the windows in the above shot caught my fancy.
  • The new pupped ended up at to doggie day care for exercise.
  • But it does not seem to be about missionary, doggie, or any of the others that are the objects of my intense scrutiny.
  • Our doggie knows his name, and knows he's a member of our group.
  • He left our yard, got in the neighbor's doggie door, fought with their cats and trashed their kitchen.
  • Even sporting restaurants and pubs that are not only dog-friendly but have doggie friendly treats on their menus.
  • doggie begs him to let her stay and to teach her to be an acrobat.
  • Now restaurants are growing even more clever, creating doggie bags that could win a blue ribbon for best of breed.
  • Thank you for all you do to help people enjoy their doggie family members.
  • They go outside into a large fenced yard whenever they want via a doggie door.
British Dictionary definitions for doggie


noun (pl) -gies
a children's word for a dog
of, like, or relating to a dog
fond of dogs
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Word Origin and History for doggie



also doggie, 1825, from dog (n.) + -y (3). Doggy-bag attested from 1965. As an adj. doggy is attested from late 14c., from -y (2). The word has been used in various formations since at least late 19c. to describe the sex act when one partner is on all fours.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for doggie



dogface (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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