Doggish

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Doggish Like a dog; having the bad qualities of a dog; churlish; growling; brutal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • doggish Like a dog; churlish; growling; snappish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Doggish like a dog: churlish: brutal
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. doggë; not in A.S.; Dut. dog, a mastiff; Ger. dogge, docke.

Usage

In literature:

These are continent, to be sure: but doggish lust looketh enviously out of all that they do.
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
Is not that manger-doggishness one of the most common phases of the human heart?
"Framley Parsonage" by Anthony Trollope
The group was taciturn, critical, and very doggish.
"The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
He lay awake astounded by his own doggishness.
"Tales of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Or is the home you left behind The dream of bliss to your doggish mind?
"The Dog's Book of Verse" by Various
His interest being so completely centered in Sandyface and his attempt to get her, peril in the rear never crossed Jock's doggish mind.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
Yes, that is a pretty bit of mine about Hamlet, and I think I must surely be a little pathetic sometimes, in a doggish way.
"Hortus Inclusus" by John Ruskin
He realized in his doggish consciousness that he wasn't wanted and he deemed it wise not to make his presence known.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
So they must have reasoned, in their doggish fashion.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
Peter, obsessed of some sudden and doggish affection, ceased his restless wanderings.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
There was no doggish fealty.
"The Sick-a-Bed Lady" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The letter is fairly legible but the handwriting is somewhat doggish.
"The Mantle and Other Stories" by Nicholas Gogol
Quard lingered a moment, with a fatuous smile for the panels of the closed door, and wagged his head doggishly.
"Joan Thursday" by Louis Joseph Vance
Perhaps he felt, too, that life held much that was good and beautiful to his doggish soul.
"Carolyn of the Corners" by Ruth Belmore Endicott
With him, doggishness was both an art and a science.
"Atlantic Classics, Second Series" by Henry C. Merwin
But Ulenspiegel had his own way, and tended him so well that after six days the patient ran about like his fellows full of doggish tricks.
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel" by Charles de Coster
The plume of his tail began to wave; his jaws stretched wide in a doggish smile.
"The Corner House Girls Under Canvas" by Grace Brooks Hill
Next he "asked" for it in doggish fashion, by loudly barking.
"Baron Bruno" by Louisa Morgan
Redmond Maynard gave an impatient gesture, and Bersak pushed his head against her hand in doggish sympathy.
"The Runaways" by Nat Gould
The dog growls; Ulenspiegel does not stop: the dog makes a great uproar of doggish wrath.
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel, Vol. II (of 2)" by Charles de Coster
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In poetry:

But ever and anon he lifts
The one good eye I mention,
And tries a thousand doggish shifts
To rivet my attention.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
It was Rags, yes, Rags! who was martyred there,
Who was quartered and crucified,
And he whined that whine which is doggish prayer
And he licked my hand and died.
"Rags" by Edmund Vance Cooke
Poor Max, with downcast, reverent head,
Regards his brother's form outspread;
Full well Max knows the friend is dead
Whose cordial talk, And jokes in doggish language said,
Beguiled his walk.
"Kaiser Dead" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

Appropriately, it was a cat-and-doggish evening last Saturday, when actor Rainn Wilson graced SFUAD’s Forum to introduce a special presentation of Education Under Fire, a documentary that explores the educational plight of Iran’s Bahá&r.
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