The domestic dog is a subspecies of the gray wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the mammalian order Carnivora. The term "domestic dog" is generally used for both domesticated and feral varieties. The dog was the first domesticated animal and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and pet animal in human history. The word "dog" can also refer to the male of a canine species, as opposed to the word "bitch" which refers to the female of the species.

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  1. A mammal, Canis lupus familiaris, of the genus Canis that has been domesticated for thousands of years, of highly variable appearance due to human breeding.
  2. A male dog, wolf or fox, as opposed to a bitch (a female dog, wolf or fox).
  3. A dull, unattractive girl or woman.
  4. A man.
  5. A coward.
  6. Someone who is morally reprehensible.
  7. Any of various mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening something, particularly with a tooth-like projection.
  8. A click or pallet adapted to engage the teeth of a ratchet-wheel, to restrain the back action; a click or pawl. (See also: ratchet, windlass)
  9. A metal support for logs in a fireplace.
  10. A hot dog.
  11. Underdog
  12. feet.


  1. To pursue with the intent to catch.
  2. To follow in an annoying way, to constantly be affected by.
    The woman cursed him so that trouble would dog his every step.
  3. To fasten a hatch securely.
    It is very important to dog down these hatches...
  4. To watch, or participate, in sexual activity in a public place, on the pretence of walking the dog; see also dogging.
    I admit that I like to dog at my local country park.
  5. To intentionally restrict one's productivity as employee; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished.
    A surprise inspection of the night shift found that some workers were dogging it.
  6. To position oneself on all fours, after the manner of a dog.
    I'd ask why you're dogged up in the middle of the room, but I probably don't want to know...

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