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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 doggy
  • It was about a honeybee counselling a flea to flee a doggy and see the sea.
  • We'd probably laugh and think that it was pretty futile, since all he has is his little doggy perspective.
  • In this view, the odorant's unique pattern of vibration is what makes a rose smell rosy and a wet dog smell wet-doggy.
  • They were both well adjusted but now they are in need of doggy psychology.
  • Bring along your extra plastic grocery bags to hold your doggy droppings.
  • Amenities include milk and cookies in your room, doggy treats and his-and-hers chocolate tuxedo strawberries.
  • The hotel also provides complimentary organic doggy biscuits for its canine visitors.
  • On the property, there is a doggy park for walking and exercising pets.
  • Distract them by praising their cooking and asking for a doggy bag.
British Dictionary definitions for doggy


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 doggy

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.

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