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Dog, Doig, n. Also: dogge; doog, doug, dowg(e. [ME. dog, dogge, OE. docga.]

1. A dog, a hound.(a) c1420 Wynt. v. 730.
Outhe the erde, but sepulture, As a dog, lay that empryoure
Ib. vii. 510.
Doggys till ete his caryowne
1456 Hay I. 58/32.
The doggis past in woddis, and hid thame as wolfis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 901.
The gray grewhound … , With doggis all diueris and different
a1500 Bernardus 321.
Litile doggis and messanys with thar bellis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 186.
He dois as dotit dog that damys on all bussis
1531 Bell. Boece I. 39.
Quhais dog first bait the deir, suld have the hide thairof
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1855.
Ane deuill … into ane doggis skin … To the quhilk dog my lord gaue maist delite
1581 Cath. Tr. 167/35.
The pure peopil deis lyk doggis without confort
(b) 1533 Gau 99/26.
It is notht guid to cast halie breid to dogis
1549 Compl. 73/22.
The beiris, lyons, … foxis, and dogis
1562 Inv. Q. Mary 55.
Ane doig made in laym
1562-3 Winȝet II. 38/29.
Thir thingis sua Nestorius [etc.], … as woud doigis, barkis contrare the catholik fayth
1582 Reg. Privy C. III. 506.
[They] laid out his carcage to be a prey for doiggis and revenus beistis
1614 Mure Misc. P. vii. 13.
Much more thou … demerites to be chaingit, Form'd in a doge, to bark [etc.]
1657 Balfour Ann. III. 418.
It is not good to awalkin sleiping doges
(c) 1600-1610 Melvill 375.
We mein nocht … to cast our halie things to doogges
1661 Black Sc. Witches 43.
I ... took the doug called Serkie with me
1662 Crim. Trials III. ii. 613.
He wold girne at ws lyk a dowge
Somtym he vold be lyk … a dowg

b. Applied contemptuously to persons. c1475 Wall. ix. 139.
On loude he cryit, ‘Stryk, doggis, ye sall de’
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 527.
Deuill, dampnit dog, sodomyte insatiabill
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 758.
The Inglis Capitane cryit hie, … ȝeild ȝow, doggis, or ȝe sall die

2. A grapple for hoisting heavy weights. 1538 Soc. Ant. II. 403.
Mr Dawe Borthwick, capitane of Tantallan, borrowit fra the towne of Hadingtoune … ane dog, a pair of clipis [etc.]
1591 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 459.
For ane dog off irne to heis vp the grit stanes with

3. A species of cannon. 1549 Compl. 41/34.
Mak reddy ȝour cannons, … pasuolans, bersis, doggis, doubil bersis [etc.]
1558 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 248.
Ane gryt geist to lay on the over barteseine of the but, with thre schott of doggis
Ib. 252.
For doun taking of twa dowble doggs to Leith
For twa chalmeris to twa doggs, weyand iij stane and ane half
1560 Acta Cur. Admir. 143.
Sevin pecis of ordinance callit dowbill doggis with xiiij chalmeris pertenand thairto
1650 Art. Rendition Edinb. Castle.
28 short brasse munkeys alias dogs

4. Attrib., in sense 1, with bran, breid, heid, hous, mete. a1585 Polwart Flyt. 214 (T).
Ȝour bankettis of sick vilitie, Deir of the dog brane [v.r. dogbran] of the Mers
1600 Treas. Acc. MS. 61.
Ane kettill to mak the dog breid
1531 Bell. Boece II. 512.
Ane sow had hir litter with dog heidis
1626 M. Works Acc. XIX. 29.
For ane new key to my Lord of Maris doghous
1505 Treas. Acc. II. 475.
To the Inglis doggar, for the dog met

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