Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small shelter for a dog.
  • idiom in the doghouse Slang In great disfavor or trouble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any small house or structure or enclosure used to house a dog.
  • n. A structure of small size, similar to that of a dog-house, but offering useful shelter for a human.
  • n. Mechanically, an equipment cover with an opening, with a shape resembling a doghouse.
  • n. A difficult or demoralizing situation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
  • n. an idiomatic term for being in disfavor

Etymologies

dog +‎ house (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Earlier this week, the incomparable Michael Farber of Sports Illustraded asked Jacques Martin whether he would use the term doghouse to describe his approach to an out-of-favour player.

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  • LONDON, Ontario, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A Canadian man raising funds for the humane society in London, Ontario, is living in a rooftop tent he calls a doghouse in harsh winter weather.

    Latest News - UPI.com

  • Shulz has said that the strip changed dramatically once he started drawing Snoopy’s doghouse from the side: Snoopy practically took over.

    Good Ol' Charlotte Braun | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • Propped up inside the doghouse was the body of a golden re - triever, or what remained of it.

    Cat & Mouse

  • The plain truth about you at the moment is that you are in the doghouse, which is a very appropriate place for you, now I come to think of it.

    Cargo of Eagles

  • Inside the doghouse was a leg of caribou or some sort of animal bone, she said.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • Building a doghouse is a firstyear project in which students learn to use basic power tools, how to install vinyl siding and put on flat and gabled roofs.

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  • Also in the doghouse is the US Chamber of Commerce, which Obama aides have branded as representing "special interests" and a Bush agenda.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph

  • He has no doghouse, which is why umpire Ed Rapuano told the Associated Press about the manager who has been tossed more times than anybody in history, "You could toss him, but the next day all was forgotten."

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  • An international team has carried out the study and found that the penitent expressions which some believe that they can spot on their dogs 'faces after they banish them to the doghouse is a figment of their imagination.

    The Times of India

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