One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A motherless or neglected calf.
- ‘‘I'm like a little dogie, struggling to its feet after having the branding iron put on me,’ he said when he finally broke away from the series.’
- ‘Head for the open range and learn how to wrangle dogies.’
- ‘We sloped along, not pushing, taking it easy, collecting and pushing the dogies at their own pace as long as they kept moving.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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