Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dog”

dog

noun [C] uk   /dɒɡ/ us    /dɑːɡ/

dog noun [C] (ANIMAL)

A1 a common animal with four legs, especially kept by people as a pet or to hunt or guard things: my pet dog wild dogs dog food We could hear dogs barking in the distance.Canines (dogs)

dog noun [C] (PERSON)

slang a man who is unpleasant or not to be trusted: He tried to steal my money, the dirty dog.Kinds of menMen and womenUnpleasant menUnpleasant people in general offensive a woman who is not attractiveUnpleasant women

dog

verb [T] uk   /dɒɡ/ us    /dɑːɡ/ (-gg-)

dog verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to follow someone closely and continuously: Reporters dogged him for answers.
See also
Pursuing

dog verb [T] (PROBLEM)

to cause difficulties: Technical problems dogged our trip from the outset.Inconvenience
(Definition of dog from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dog?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Neglecting and ignoring, but you might be interested in these topics from the Attention and care topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dog” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

throw

to send something through the air with force, especially by a sudden movement of the arm

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More