dogy


dogy
Ⅰ. do·gie also do·gy (dō’gē)
n. pl. do·gies Western US A stray or motherless calf.
[Origin unknown.]
Word History: In the language of the American West, a stray or motherless calf is known as a dogie. The origin of this word remains uncertain, but Ramon F. Adams, the author of numerous works on western Americana and a cowboy himself, offered one possible etymology for dogie in his book Western Words. During the 1880s, when a series of harsh winters left large numbers of orphaned calves, the little calves, weaned too early, were unable to digest coarse range grass, and their swollen bellies "very much resembled a batch of sourdough carried in a sack." Such a calf was referred to as dough-guts. The term, altered to dogie according to Adams, "has been used ever since throughout cattleland to refer to a pot-gutted orphan calf." Another possibility is that dogie is an alteration of Spanish dogal, "lariat." Still another is that it is simply a variant pronunciation of doggie.
Ⅱ. do·gy (dō’gē)
n. Western US Variant of DOGIE(Cf. ↑dogie).

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  • dogy — do gy (d[=o] g[=e]), n. a motherless calf in a range herd of cattle. [Also spelled {dogey} and {dogie}.] Syn: leppy. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dogy — ☆ dogy [dō′gē ] n. pl. dogies alt. sp. of DOGIE …   English World dictionary

  • dogy — dogey do gey (d[=o] g[=e]), n. a motherless calf in a range herd of cattle. [Also spelled {dogy} and {dogie}.] Syn: leppy. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dogy — dogie do gie (d[=o] g[=e]), n. a motherless calf in a range herd of cattle. [Also spelled {dogy} and {dogey}.] Syn: leppy. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dogy — noun motherless calf in a range herd of cattle • Syn: ↑dogie, ↑leppy • Hypernyms: ↑calf * * * I. ˈdōgē noun ( es) Etymology: by folk etymology from Louisia …   Useful english dictionary

  • dogy — /doh gee/, n., pl. dogies. dogie. * * * …   Universalium

  • dogy —    See dogie …   Vocabulario Vaquero

  • dogy — do·gy …   English syllables

  • dogey — dogy do gy (d[=o] g[=e]), n. a motherless calf in a range herd of cattle. [Also spelled {dogey} and {dogie}.] Syn: leppy. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dogie — dogy do gy (d[=o] g[=e]), n. a motherless calf in a range herd of cattle. [Also spelled {dogey} and {dogie}.] Syn: leppy. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English