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English noun: dog

1. dog (animal) a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds

SamplesThe dog barked all night.

SynonymsCanis familiaris, domestic dog

Broader (hypernym)canid, canine, domestic animal, domesticated animal

Narrower (hyponym)barker, basenji, Belgian griffon, bow-wow, Brussels griffon, carriage dog, coach dog, corgi, cur, dalmatian, doggie, doggy, Great Pyrenees, griffon, hunting dog, lapdog, Leonberg, Mexican hairless, mongrel, mutt, Newfoundland, Newfoundland dog, pooch, poodle, poodle dog, pug, pug-dog, puppy, spitz, toy, toy dog, Welsh corgi, working dog

Part holonymflag

Member meronymCanis, genus Canis, pack

2. dog (person) a dull unattractive unpleasant girl or woman

SamplesShe got a reputation as a frump.
She's a real dog.


Broader (hypernym)disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman

3. dog (person) informal term for a man

SamplesYou lucky dog.

Broader (hypernym)blighter, bloke, chap, cuss, fella, feller, fellow, gent, lad

4. dog (person) someone who is morally reprehensible

SamplesYou dirty dog.

Synonymsblackguard, bounder, cad, heel, hound

Broader (hypernym)scoundrel, villain

Narrower (hyponym)perisher

5. dog (food) a smooth-textured sausage of minced beef or pork usually smoked; often served on a bread roll

Synonymsfrank, frankfurter, hot dog, hotdog, weenie, wiener, wienerwurst

Broader (hypernym)sausage

Narrower (hyponym)Vienna sausage

Part meronymhot dog, hotdog, red hot

6. dog (artifact) a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward

Synonymsclick, detent, pawl

Broader (hypernym)catch, stop

Part meronymrachet, ratch, ratchet

7. dog (artifact) metal supports for logs in a fireplace

SamplesThe andirons were too hot to touch.

Synonymsandiron, dog-iron, firedog

Broader (hypernym)support

English verb: dog

1. dog (motion) go after with the intent to catch

SamplesThe policeman chased the mugger down the alley.
The dog chased the rabbit.

ExamplesSam cannot dog Sue

Synonymschase, chase after, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)follow, pursue

Narrower (hyponym)hound, hunt, quest, run down, trace, tree

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