[dawg-lahyk, dog-]
similar to a dog; having the appearance, traits, etc., of a dog.
uncritical; unshakeable, as the attachment of a dog for its owner: doglike devotion.

1595–1605; dog + -like Unabridged
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dog (dɒɡ)
1.  a.  a domesticated canine mammal, Canis familiaris, occurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form
 b.  (as modifier): dog biscuit
2.  a.  any other carnivore of the family Canidae, such as the dingo and coyote
 b.  (as modifier): the dog family Related: canine
3.  a.  the male of animals of the dog family
 b.  (as modifier): a dog fox
4.  (modifier)
 a.  spurious, inferior, or useless: dog Latin
 b.  (in combination): dogberry
5.  a mechanical device for gripping or holding, esp one of the axial slots by which gear wheels or shafts are engaged to transmit torque
6.  informal a fellow; chap: you lucky dog
7.  informal a man or boy regarded as unpleasant, contemptible, or wretched
8.  informal (US) a male friend: used as a term of address
9.  slang an unattractive or boring girl or woman
10.  informal (US), (Canadian) something unsatisfactory or inferior
11.  short for firedog
12.  fogdog seadog See sundog any of various atmospheric phenomena
13.  a dog's chance no chance at all
14.  informal a dog's dinner, a dog's breakfast something that is messy or bungled
15.  a dog's life a wretched existence
16.  dog eat dog ruthless competition or self-interest
17.  informal like a dog's dinner dressed smartly or ostentatiously
18.  informal (US), (Canadian) put on the dog to behave or dress in an ostentatious or showy manner
vb , dogs, dogging, dogged
19.  to pursue or follow after like a dog
20.  to trouble; plague: to be dogged by ill health
21.  to chase with a dog or dogs
22.  to grip, hold, or secure by a mechanical device
23.  ( usually in combination ) thoroughly; utterly: dog-tired
Related: canine
[Old English docga, of obscure origin]

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Example sentences
My neighbor's calling the dog, making her unconvincing doglike sounds.
And yet, by creating the conditions that favored doglike traits, our ancestors unconsciously steered their evolution.
One part of the answer may lie in the coyote's evolutionary position among wild canids, or doglike predators.
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