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[daw-gish, dog-ish] /ˈdɔ gɪʃ, ˈdɒg ɪʃ/
like a dog; canine:
doggish affection.
surly; mean:
a doggish temper.
stylish and showy.
Origin of doggish
1350-1400; Middle English; see dog, -ish1
Related forms
doggishly, adverb
doggishness, noun Unabridged
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  • And how nicely can doggish lust beg for a piece of spirit, when a piece of flesh is denied it!

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • He stood in front of it with almost a doggish snarl on his lips.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • The plume of his tail began to wave; his jaws stretched wide in a doggish smile.

  • Next he "asked" for it in doggish fashion, by loudly barking.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • She heard Breed's lonely cry and answered it, and an hour later she was frisking about him with doggish enthusiasm.

    The Yellow Horde Hal G. Evarts
  • Huz evidently approved this last sentiment, for he gambolled around the group, doing his doggish best to please.

  • He seemed to be racking his doggish brain as to the best method of reaching her.

  • Yes, that is a pretty bit of mine about Hamlet, and I think I must surely be a little pathetic sometimes, in a doggish way.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • In his doggish mind he could not see why Mr. Stagg did not like him; he approved of Mr. Stagg very much indeed.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • Mr. Pickwick, who came to fawn upon him, the same being his doggish custom of a morning, found Richard tolerant but abstracted.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for doggish


of or like a dog
surly; snappish
Derived Forms
doggishly, adverb
doggishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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