shaggy dog meaning
- [American slang]
n. phr. A special kind of joke whose long and often convoluted introduction and development delay the effect of the punch line. Uncle Joe only seems to bore his audiences with his long shaggy dog jokes, for when he comes to the long-awaited punch line, he gets very few laughs.
- the shaggy dog
- he spent the whole lunchtime telling this interminable shaggy dog story about an actress and a bishop
- A remake of Disney's The Shaggy Dog airs Saturday night.
- _Maggie Baxter, a shaggy dog right out of a Disney movie.
- How's this for a shaggy dog story?