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This page has 6 definitions of dogman in English and Esperanto. Dogman is a noun and adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English dogman definition


Etymology 1

From dog (the domesticated mammal Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) +‎ -man (suffix denoting someone (possibly implied male) who is an expert in an area, who is employed or holds a position in an area, or who takes part in an activity) or man (senses 2 and 3).[1][2]


dogman (plural dogmen)

  1. A man who has charge of dogs, such as a dog breeder or dog trainer; specifically, a man who trains dogs for the bloodsport of dogfighting.
    • 1893, Hugh Dalziel; Alexander C. Piesse, “FEEDING”, in The Diseases of Dogs: Their Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment. [], 4th edition, London: L. Upcott Gill, [], published 1905, OCLC 19424681, page 12:
      It is an error of modern dog men to wean puppies too soon—they should run with the bitch till six weeks old, being at the same time fed.
    • 1902, Al[vin] G[eorge] Eberhart, compiler and editor, “TEETH”, in Everything about Dogs [], 2nd edition, Camp Dennison, Oh.: The Eberhart Kennels, OCLC 624198456, page 112:
      Abscess of the Jaw.— [] The system will require good support, and, it may be, a course of tonics, such as a grain or two of quinine, night and morning, in the form of a pill; or, using one of the Condition Pills you see advertised in this book—Clayton's, Dent's or Sergeant's—they are all good, made by dogmen for dogs, and you won't go amiss in using either of them in such cases.
    • 2001, Rhonda D. Evans; Craig J. Forsyth, “The World of Dogfighting”, in Alex Thio and Thomas C. Calhoun, editors, Readings in Deviant Behavior, 2nd edition, Needham Heights, Mass.: Allyn and Bacon, →ISBN, part 11 (Deviant Sports), page 333:
      Dogfights are most commonly staged in secluded rural areas such as barns or fields. [] When a contract is drawn up for a fight, the participants decide on a central location. They then contact a dogman in that area to make arrangements to have the fight at a location that he provides. [] On the day of the fight the participants and the spectators, usually members of the fraternity, which tends to be almost exclusively male, meet at a dogman’s house near the location where the fight will take place. [] This gathering of the fraternity before the event is a very important element of the dogmen subculture.
  2. Alternative form of dog man (a man who likes dogs or prefers dogs as pets, often as opposed to liking cats)
    • 1899–1910, O. Henry [pseudonym; William Sydney Porter], “Ulysses and the Dogman”, in Sixes and Sevens, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, published 1911, OCLC 7113119, page 64:
      Every one of those dogmen has been either cajoled, bribed, or commanded by his own particular Circe to take the dear household pet out for an airing.
    • 1968, John Montgomery, “Are You a Catman?”, in The World of Cats, London; New York, N.Y.: Hamlyn Publishing Group, published 1970, →ISBN, page 11, column 1:
      A dogman, he [John Moore] said, likes having tails wagged at him, wants to be looked up to, and tends for that reason to be quite a good leader. A catman, on the other hand, is made slightly uncomfortable by spaniel eyes and devoted tail thumpings. Dogmen seem to prefer the outdoors, adventure, jungles, deserts, and are attracted by the army. Little is heard of cats in army officers' messes or barracks.
    • 2010, AKC Gazette: The Official Journal for the Sport of Purebred Dogs, volume 127, New York, N.Y.: American Kennel Club, ISSN 1086-0940, OCLC 221922064, page 14, column 1:
      Now another important component of the skeleton is under scrutiny by some of our most respected dogmen and -women: the anatomy of the chest and the relationship between the correct rib cage and loin.
  3. (cryptozoology, mythology) An alleged cryptid or mythological creature that is part dog and part man; also (religion) a deity who is part dog and part man.
    • 1991, David Gordon White, “Hell is Other People”, in Myths of the Dog-man, Chicago, Ill.; London: University of Chicago Press, →ISBN, page 15:
      [T]his tradition certainly influenced that of Dog-Men (cynanthropy) and of dog-headed men (cynocephaly), [] Dog-Men, however, have historically enjoyed a much richer and more varied mythology than their lycanthropic cousins, no doubt as a result of the ambiguity of the dog itself as much as of cultural or historical trends.
    • 2002, Sovereign Stone: Bestiary of Loerem, Lake Geneva, Wis.: Sovereign Press, →ISBN, page 56, column 1:
      A dogman’s legs are back bent, crooked as a dog’s. Its body is covered in fine fur, and its face has a dog-like snout and ear. A dogman’s arms and torso are completely humanoid, save for the its strange paws, that are vaguely human-like, but with thick dark claws.
    • 2016, Linda S. Godfrey, quoting Matt Ballotti, “Shadow Wolves”, in Monsters among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena, New York, N.Y.: TarcherPerigee, →ISBN, pages 95–96:
      I was interested in the Wisconsin dogman sightings, which were kind of scary, but when you started talking about the ones showing up in bedrooms I must have been agape and my hair [standing] on end.
    • 2018, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, “Introduction: An Overview of Werewolves and Their Kin”, in Rosemary Ellen Guiley, compiler and editor, Fate Presents Werewolves and Dogmen, New Milford, Conn.: Visionary Living, →ISBN:
      Sightings of mysterious creatures that appear to be part human and part wolf are reported in modern times all over the world. [] Their apparent hybrid nature makes them “dogmen” or “man-wolves.” [] Reports of dogmen date to ancient times. In some cases, they were thought to be a type of debased human.
  4. (obsolete, rare) A man who sells dog meat.

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Etymology 2

From dog (part of a crane that holds the items to be lifted) +‎ -man (suffix denoting someone (possibly implied male) who is an expert in an area, who is employed or holds a position in an area, or who takes part in an activity), from the fact that such a person would often ride on the load lifted by the crane when carrying out their duty.[1][2]


dogman (plural dogmen)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand) An assistant to a crane operator, responsible for securing the crane's load and directing the operator.
    Synonyms: banksman, dogger, signalman, spotter
    • 1998, Meredith Burgmann; Verity Burgmann, “Civilising the Industry”, in Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation, Sydney, N.S.W.: University of New South Wales Press, published 2000, →ISBN, part 2 (A New Concept of Unionism), page 108:
      Throughout 1970 there were repeated calls, particularly from Brian Hogan and Owens, for the banning of dogmen riding hooks, a demand firmly resisted by employers unwilling to hire the extra dogmen required. Accordingly, during 1972 the union embarked upon a concerted campaign to enforce the use of two dogmen on each crane.
    • 2005, Henry Pollack, The Accidental Developer: The Fascinating Rise to the Top of Mirvac Founder Henry Pollack, Sydney, N.S.W.: ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, →ISBN, page 243:
      The usual crane crew required for operation of the site was one crane driver and two dogmen, but the BLF insisted that the builder keep a relief crane driver and a relief dogman permanently on site.
    • 2011, Raymond D. Clements, Aussie Rogue, Bangkok, Thailand: Bangkok Book House, published 2017, →ISBN, page 59:
      The only work I had done as a dogman was to use a crane on the back of a truck ‘slinging loads’ and work the crane and truck myself.


  1. 1.0 1.1 dogman, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 dogman, n.”, in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present, reproduced from Collins English Dictionary, 10th edition, London: Collins, 2010, →ISBN.

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Esperanto dogman definition



  1. accusative singular of dogma