Defining 'Doggo': Merriam Webster Explains What's in the Name

By: Aly Semigran

Whether or not the Eskimos had 50 words for snow, pet parents are quickly chasing that number when it comes to variations of the word dog. 

From “floofer” to “doge” to “pupper,” the internet has helped spark the current wave of adorable dog nicknaming, and perhaps the most popular of all of these modern monikers is the phrase “doggo.” Thanks to Twitter accounts like @WeRateDogs, the term “doggo” has becomes as much a part of the dog-friendly lingo as “sit” and “stay.” 

“Doggo” has become such a mainstay in the English language that even Merriam-Webster has taken note. 

In a recent “Words to Watch” entry, the online dictionary explains that the word doggo has origins that trace all the way back to 1886 (when “to lie doggo” meant to stay hidden or keep secret) and was actually known as a repellant to keep dogs out of gardens in the 1930s. 

It’s current connotation, as the word used to describe Very Good Boy or Girl, happened around 2016 and has only grown in popularity since. 

According to the site, “Doggo saw a meteoric rise in use in 2017 and continues its upward trajectory, as the nation turns its lonely eyes to dog pictures for comfort.” 

So, there you have it, the joy we get from all the various puppers and floofers we encounter online and in real life has one distinct spelling: d-o-g-g-o.