2 an idiomatic term for being in disfavor; "in the doghouse"
- Any small house or structure or enclosure used to house a dog.
- 1902, Thomas Dixon, The Leopard's Spots: A Romance of the White
Man's Burden--1865-1900, page 61
- "But, honey, whar yo' ole man gwine ter sleep?" "Dey's straw in de barn, en pine shatters in de doghouse!" she shouted, slamming the window.
- 1902, Thomas Dixon, The Leopard's Spots: A Romance of the White Man's Burden--1865-1900, page 61
- A structure of small size, similar to that of a dog-house, but
offering useful shelter for a human.
- 1840, James Holman, ''Travels in Madeira, Sierra Leone,
Teneriffe, St. Jago, Cape Coast, Fernando ..., page 411
- This berth of mine was commonly called a doghouse (a box about six feet long, four high, and two broad,) containing a mattress fitted about 18 inches from the deck.
- p. 1927, United States Code Annotated
- [...] so as to render railroad liable for death of brakeman falling from tender, notwithstanding construction of doghouse on top of tender for brakeman's use.
- 1958, in Rudder, Page 33
- The yacht is well equipped and has accommodations for six people. A teak doghouse over the forward part of the cockpit affords [....]
- 1966, John Gunn, Barrier Reef By Trimaran, page 30
- We lurched back into the shelter of the doghouse to consider things.
- 2003, William W. Putney, Always Faithful: A Memoir of the
Marine Dogs of WWII, page 106
- I abandoned my torture chamber for the captain's doghouse, a cot covered by a small canvas tent just outside the bridge.
- 2005, Michael Green, M1 Abrams at War, page 75
- Two small armored doors at the front of the doghouse protect the sight mirrors from harm.
- 2005, Alan Cockrell, Drilling Ahead: The Quest for Oil in the
Deep South, 1945-2005, page 276
- A rotary rig could have drilled that much in a day. Oscar had been here a month. He kept a careful log on the doghouse wall [....]
- 1840, James Holman, ''Travels in Madeira, Sierra Leone, Teneriffe, St. Jago, Cape Coast, Fernando ..., page 411
- Mechanically, an equipment cover with an opening, with a shape resembling a doghouse.
- Dutch: hondenhok
- Finnish: koirankoppi
small shelter for humans
- Finnish: koppi
- Finnish: koppa
240px|right|A wooden doghouse. This dog is Dash outside of his doghouse during U.S. [[Benjamin Harrison|President Harrison's tenure.]]
A doghouse, known in British English as a kennel, is a small shed commonly built in the shape of a little house intended for a dog. It is a structure in which a dog is kept or can run into for shelter from the elements.
A doghouse should not be too big or too small for the intended dog because of the potential for excessive heat loss or excessive constriction.
Other terminologyIn architecture, "doghouse" is commonly a builder/contractor term for a dormer. The name is derived from the appearance of improperly proportioned dormers, which do resemble dog houses. A properly proportioned dormer should neatly fit over the window it is meant to frame. A common mistake is to undersize the windows or oversize the dormer, which necessitates the use of siding or other infill material with the structure treated as a gable end. Some architects use the word "doghouse" in a derogatory manner to indicate an ignorance of "honest" building practices often found in low-cost residential and light commercial, developer-built structures. See also pork chop eave.
The phrase 'In the doghouse/Land yourself in the doghouse' means out of favour and in trouble with a person/people because of an offence/caused upset, for example for a husband who is figuratively sent to the doghouse in the same way that a dog is removed from the human habitation. This is the principal usage of the expression dog house in British English. The double bass is also sometimes jokingly referred to as a doghouse due to its largeness of sound, especially by jazz or bluegrass musicians.
Dog house resources
- All About Dog Houses—Information about constructing or purchasing a doghouse, the history of doghouses, doghouse terminology, and plans for a DIY doghouse.
- My Dog Houses Consumer guide to finding the right house for your pet.
- Insulated Dog House Building Plans Step-by-step instructions for building an insulated doghouse with a removable top.
- How to properly size a dog house
- Dog house sizing guide, materials, and other collected information
- Large dog houses
- WOODEN DOGHOUSE
doghouse in Czech: Psí bouda
doghouse in French: Niche (abri)
doghouse in Inuktitut: ᓯᑎᒐᖅ/sitigaq