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[dog-hous, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊs, ˈdɒg-/
noun, plural doghouses
[dog-hou-ziz, dog-] /ˈdɒgˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈdɒg-/ (Show IPA)
a small shelter for a dog.
(on a yacht) a small cabin that presents a relatively high profile and gives the appearance of a box.
Compare trunk cabin.
Rocketry Slang. a bulge on the surface of a rocket or missile, for scientific instruments.
in the doghouse, Slang. in disfavor or disgrace.
Origin of doghouse
1605-15; dog + house Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doghouse
  • It raises an eyebrow now or then, signaling a player's descent into a coach's doghouse, or a surprise injury.
  • We've tried scolding, spanking, and putting him in timeout in his doghouse nothing works.
  • Cox showed extremely well as a rookie outside corner, but off-field woes have landed him in the doghouse.
  • Neutrino's new raft was a scrappy, broken-down wreck of a doghouse on a bed of plywood.
  • He bought some dog food, a leather collar with spikes on it and a doghouse.
  • Here's a problem that could put the hosts in the doghouse.
  • The prognosis must be reviewed by all crew members and posted in a prominent location in the doghouse.
  • When one of the homeowners returned, he was amazed to find his home and even the doghouse untouched by the blaze.
  • Continuing aft is a low trunk cabin with a three-sided doghouse added to the aft-end.
  • The low trunk cabin is fitted with a three-sided doghouse on the aft end.
British Dictionary definitions for doghouse


(US & Canadian) a hutlike shelter for a dog Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) kennel
(informal) disfavour (in the phrase in the doghouse)
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Word Origin and History for doghouse

1610s, from dog (n.) + house (n.). Originally a kennel; the backyard type, for a single animal, is late 19c. Figurative sense of "disgrace" is from 1932.

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Slang definitions & phrases for doghouse


  1. Any small structure resembling in some way a dog's individual kennel: The boat has a doghouse over the main cabin
  2. The bass viol: When the bull-fiddler plucks the strings he is slapping the doghouse (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
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in the doghouse

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with doghouse


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