Definition of doghouse in English:

doghouse

noun

North American
  • 1A dog's kennel.

    • ‘There was a doghouse built as a miniature carbon copy in the side yard, and Emily saw a black lab huddled inside of it.’
    • ‘Joe built the large doghouse to keep them dry and comfortable in bad weather.’
    • ‘The organization has spent well over a quarter of a million dollars to improve the facilities, build and deliver doghouses for animals left outside in all weather.’
    • ‘It's about this big, and it shows the cartoon dog on top of the doghouse lying there, and his owner standing next to him with a little bowl of food.’
    • ‘The next morning, Billy makes a doghouse for his pups.’
    • ‘Would you spend four grand on a doghouse or plunk down a few hundred for a cat stroller?’
    • ‘The exhibit's grand finale was a gala auction of the winning doghouses that raised money for the SPCA and the museum.’
    • ‘He lives both in and out of the house, with a fenced yard and an outdoor doghouse where he sleeps except in the coldest weather.’
    • ‘Living space does not include a structure, such as a doghouse, in which an animal is not confined, or a cage, crate, or other structure in which the animal is temporarily confined.’
    • ‘This year's statues will feature the cartoon dog lying atop his doghouse with his feathered friend, Woodstock, on his stomach.’
    • ‘The City Council approved a law that requires dog owners to waterproof all doghouses and equip them with bedding and self-closing doors or flaps.’
    • ‘Shadow crawled farther back into his doghouse.’
    • ‘He motioned to a part of the stall where hay blanketed the floor and a cozy doghouse resided in the corner.’
    • ‘I once knew an Episcopalian lady in Newport, Rhode Island, who asked me to design and build a doghouse for her Great Dane.’
    • ‘I regard organized religion in much the same way a turtle regards a doghouse - I'm pretty well covered, thank you, so let's just keep ignoring each other.’
    • ‘The grounds featured temple-shaped doghouses and pools on which Ward floated models of Roman ships.’
    • ‘Finally, Nicholas packed all his stuff inside the doghouse he bought and handed Kathleen the puppy to carry while he carried their things.’
    • ‘But most dogs seem to appreciate having a shelter of their own, such as a doghouse.’
    • ‘Bray, their beagle, was tied to a doghouse nearby.’
    • ‘Many of the 125 new items will help your new pets feel right at home, including a doghouse, birdcage and litter box.’
    1. 1.1Sailing A raised area at the after end of a yacht's coachroof, providing standing room.

Phrases

  • be in the doghouse

    • informal Be in disgrace or disfavour.

      ‘his country is in the doghouse’
      • ‘He remembered a lot of times when his dad would stay at the station because he was in the doghouse with his mom.’
      • ‘The wife thought I'd done it on purpose, so I was in the doghouse for a while.’
      • ‘So, justly or not, I'm in the doghouse, as my eight-year-old daughter, in particular, regrets missing the ceremony.’
      • ‘After arriving at her U.S. coach's initial camp 15 pounds overweight and lacking quickness, Scurry immediately found herself in the doghouse.’
      • ‘Among them is Katie, an alpha girl with an X-rated vocabulary who is constantly in the doghouse for acting up.’
      • ‘When I was their age and I got in trouble with my mom and dad, I knew I was in big big trouble if they called me by the full name - I was in the doghouse.’
      • ‘I admitted that I did this, and now I am in the doghouse.’
      • ‘After almost 15 years in the economic doghouse, Japan shows real signs of emerging from its long deflationary slump.’
      • ‘‘I think you're still in the doghouse, dude,’ Alvin said.’
      • ‘Rome is already in the doghouse for breaching the deficit limits three of the past five years and is unlikely to mend its spending habits in the foreseeable future.’

Pronunciation

doghouse

/ˈdɒɡhaʊs/