Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To put off, as dress; to divest one’s self of; hence, figuratively, to put or thrust away; to rid one's self of.
And made us
doffour easy robes of peace.
At night, or in the rain,
He dons a surcoat which he
He dons a surcoat which he
To strip; to divest; to undress.
Heaven's King, who
doffshimself our flesh to wear.
To put off dress; to take off the hat.
A mean, worthless fellow; a wretch.
What is thy servant, which is but a
dog, that he should do this great thing?
2 Kings viii. 13 (Rev. Ver. )
A fellow; – used humorously or contemptuously;
as, a sly
dog; a lazy
One of the two constellations, Canis Major and Canis Minor, or the Greater Dog and the Lesser Dog. Canis Major contains the Dog Star (Sirius).
An iron for holding wood in a fireplace; a firedog; an andiron.
A grappling iron, with a claw or claws, for fastening into wood or other heavy articles, for the purpose of raising or moving them.
An iron with fangs fastening a log in a saw pit, or on the carriage of a sawmill.
A piece in machinery acting as a catch or clutch; especially, the carrier of a lathe, also, an adjustable stop to change motion, as in a machine tool.
☞ Dog is used adjectively or in composition, commonly in the sense of relating to, or characteristic of, a dog. It is also used to denote a male; as, dog fox or g-fox, a male fox; dog otter or dog-otter, dog wolf, etc.; – also to denote a thing of cheap or mean quality; as, dog Latin.
A dead dog,
a thing of no use or value.
1 Sam. xxiv. 14.–
A dog in the manger,
an ugly-natured person who prevents others from enjoying what would be an advantage to them but is none to him.–
a male ape.–
Dog cabbage, or
a succulent herb, native to the Mediterranean region (–
very cheap. See under–
a species of flea (–
Pulex canis) which infests dogs and cats, and is often troublesome to man. In America it is the common flea. See
a grass (–
Triticum caninum) of the same genus as wheat.
barbarous Latin; as, the dog Latin of pharmacy.–
a kind of lichen (–
Peltigera canina) growing on earth, rocks, and tree trunks, – a lobed expansion, dingy green above and whitish with fuscous veins beneath.
a louse that infests the dog, esp.–
Hæmatopinus piliferus; another species is
a machine operated by the weight of a dog traveling in a drum, or on an endless track, as for churning.–
a salmon of northwest America and northern Asia; – the–
gorbuscha; – called also
meat fit only for dogs; refuse; offal.–
See in the Vocabulary.–
any species of univalve shells of the family–
Nassidæ, esp. the
Nassa reticulataof England.
To give to the dogs, or
To throw to the dogs
to throw away as useless.“Throw physic to the dogs; I'll none of it.”
To go to the dogs,
to go to ruin; to be ruined.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To put off, as dress.
And made us doff our easy robes of peace.
2.To strip or divest; as, he doffs himself.
3.To put or thrust away; to get rid of.
To doff their dire distresses.
4.To put off; to shift off; with a view to delay.
Every day thou doffst me with some device.
[This word is, I believe, entirely obsolete in discourse, at least in the United States, but is retained in poetry.]