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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cocker spaniel
▪ According to this, the real problem is cocker spaniels.
▪ My father bred cocker spaniels, and these endearing animals were very much part of our childhood.
▪ However, my cocker spaniel rates it top of the list for smell.
▪ Gazing at her in the hall was the stuffed body of Grandpa's black clumber spaniel, Pickwick.
▪ He would spirit me away, to a home on the Mainland complete with plush carpet and a cocker spaniel pup.
▪ My father bred cocker spaniels, and these endearing animals were very much part of our childhood.
▪ Occasionally we had lunch at Felix au Port with Yvonne and her golden spaniel, Sandy.
▪ Pete gagged Donald with an apron that had a picture of a spaniel on it.
▪ The cocker spaniel puppy stopped abruptly, then eyed the spinning leaf overhead.
▪ The little springer spaniel mix is house-broken, and she walks alongside you if you put her on a leash.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dog \Dog\ (d[o^]g), n. [AS. docga; akin to D. dog mastiff, Dan. dogge, Sw. dogg.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A quadruped of the genus Canis, esp. the domestic dog ( Canis familiaris).

    Note: The dog is distinguished above all others of the inferior animals for intelligence, docility, and attachment to man. There are numerous carefully bred varieties, as the akita, beagle, bloodhound, bulldog, coachdog, collie, Danish dog, foxhound, greyhound, mastiff, pointer, poodle, St. Bernard, setter, spaniel, spitz dog, terrier, German shepherd, pit bull, Chihuahua, etc. There are also many mixed breeds, and partially domesticated varieties, as well as wild dogs, like the dingo and dhole. (See these names in the Vocabulary.)

  2. A mean, worthless fellow; a wretch.

    What is thy servant, which is but a dog, that he should do this great thing? -- 2 Kings viii. 13 (Rev. Ver. )

  3. A fellow; -- used humorously or contemptuously; as, a sly dog; a lazy dog. [Colloq.]

  4. (Astron.) One of the two constellations, Canis Major and Canis Minor, or the Greater Dog and the Lesser Dog. Canis Major contains the Dog Star (Sirius).

  5. An iron for holding wood in a fireplace; a firedog; an andiron.

  6. (Mech.)

    1. A grappling iron, with a claw or claws, for fastening into wood or other heavy articles, for the purpose of raising or moving them.

    2. An iron with fangs fastening a log in a saw pit, or on the carriage of a sawmill.

    3. A piece in machinery acting as a catch or clutch; especially, the carrier of a lathe, also, an adjustable stop to change motion, as in a machine tool.

  7. an ugly or crude person, especially an ugly woman. [slang]

  8. a hot dog. [slang]

    Note: Dog is used adjectively or in composition, commonly in the sense of relating to, or characteristic of, a dog. It is also used to denote a male; as, dog fox or g-fox, a male fox; dog otter or dog-otter, dog wolf, etc.; -- also to denote a thing of cheap or mean quality; as, dog Latin.

    A dead dog, a thing of no use or value.
    --1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

    A dog in the manger, an ugly-natured person who prevents others from enjoying what would be an advantage to them but is none to him.

    Dog ape (Zo["o]l.), a male ape.

    Dog cabbage, or Dog's cabbage (Bot.), a succulent herb, native to the Mediterranean region ( Thelygonum Cynocrambe).

    Dog cheap, very cheap. See under Cheap.

    Dog ear (Arch.), an acroterium. [Colloq.]

    Dog flea (Zo["o]l.), a species of flea ( Pulex canis) which infests dogs and cats, and is often troublesome to man. In America it is the common flea. See Flea, and Aphaniptera.

    Dog grass (Bot.), a grass ( Triticum caninum) of the same genus as wheat.

    Dog Latin, barbarous Latin; as, the dog Latin of pharmacy.

    Dog lichen (Bot.), a kind of lichen ( Peltigera canina) growing on earth, rocks, and tree trunks, -- a lobed expansion, dingy green above and whitish with fuscous veins beneath.

    Dog louse (Zo["o]l.), a louse that infests the dog, esp. H[ae]matopinus piliferus; another species is Trichodectes latus.

    Dog power, a machine operated by the weight of a dog traveling in a drum, or on an endless track, as for churning.

    Dog salmon (Zo["o]l.), a salmon of northwest America and northern Asia; -- the gorbuscha; -- called also holia, and hone.

    Dog shark. (Zo["o]l.) See Dogfish.

    Dog's meat, meat fit only for dogs; refuse; offal.

    Dog Star. See in the Vocabulary.

    Dog wheat (Bot.), Dog grass.

    Dog whelk (Zo["o]l.), any species of univalve shells of the family Nassid[ae], esp. the Nassa reticulata of England.

    To give to the dogs, or To throw to the dogs, to throw away as useless. ``Throw physic to the dogs; I'll none of it.''

    To go to the dogs, to go to ruin; to be ruined.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., as a surname meaning "Spaniard;" as a name for a breed of dog supposedly of Spanish origin, late 14c., from Old French (chien) espagneul, literally "Spanish (dog)," from Vulgar Latin *Hispaniolus "of Spain," diminutive of Latin Hispanus "Spanish, Hispanic" (see Spaniard). Used originally to start game; the breed was much-developed in England in 17c. Whether it is actually originally Spanish is uncertain.


n. 1 Any of various small breeds of gun dog having a broad muzzle, long, wavy fur and long ears that hang at the side of the head, bred for flushing and retrieve game. 2 A cringing, fawning person. vb. To follow loyally or obsequiously, like a spaniel.


n. any of several breeds of small to medium-sized gun dogs with a long silky coat and long frilled ears


A spaniel is a type of gun dog. Spaniels were especially bred to flush game out of denser brush. By the late 17th century spaniels had been specialized into water and land breeds. The extinct English Water Spaniel was used to retrieve water fowl shot down with arrows. Land spaniels were setting spaniels—those that crept forward and pointed their game, allowing hunters to ensnare them with nets, and springing spaniels—those that sprang pheasants and partridges for hunting with falcons, and rabbits for hunting with greyhounds. During the 17th century, the role of the spaniel dramatically changed as Englishmen began hunting with flintlocks for wing shooting. Charles Goodall and Julia Gasow (1984) write that spaniels were "transformed from untrained, wild beaters, to smooth, polished gun dogs."

The word spaniel would seem to be derived from the medieval French espaigneul"Spanish"modern French, espagnol.

Spaniel (horse)

Spaniel (1828–1833) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. In a career that lasted from July 1830 to early 1833 he ran eighteen times and won nine races. After an unsuccessful season as a two-year-old he made significant improvement in 1831 to win his first three races, culminating in the Epsom Derby. Spaniel failed to win again for over a year but then recovered to win five races on Welsh racecourses in 1832. He died after being injured on his first start as a five-year-old in 1833.

Usage examples of "spaniel".

Two china spaniels with liver-coloured blotches on their coats and black noses sit on either side of the fireplace.

And as if answering for all that depended on Worsted Skeynes, the spaniel John deeply wagged that which had been left him of his tail.

Then, slinking along the hedge, noiseless, unheard by my sleeping spaniel, I saw a tawny dog stealing by.

Everything went against the lad: he came home perfumed from the stables, whither he had been to pay his dog Towzer a visit--and whence he was going to take his friend out for an airing, when he met Miss Crawley and her wheezy Blenheim spaniel, which Towzer would have eaten up had not the Blenheim fled squealing to the protection of Miss Briggs, while the atrocious master of the bull-dog stood laughing at the horrible persecution.

In the doorway were standing a thin brown spaniel, a small fair woman with a high, bald forehead, from which the hair was gleaned into curlpapers, and a little girl with some affection of the skin.

Meanwhile Milo Shipp, author, a thin man in a bow tie, sat in a wooden chair stunned, with a cookie in one hand and a large cocker spaniel on his lap, while a young boy grinding an eggbeater ran in and out of the room.

I had been in the garden for some minutes when I saw him appear, followed by his reader and a pretty spaniel.

The two eldest sisters were out, endeavouring to beat up some more friends, and the three youngest rushed up to me as if they had been spaniels and I their master, but they would not even allow me to kiss them.

We passed the canopied doorway of an exclusive condominium where a uniformed doorman struggled to untangle the leashes of one Doberman, two Pekingese, a dachshund and a 129 GENEROUS DEATH Brittany spaniel.

And a lovely little Pekingese, for example, or a prize spaniel, has even less in its head than an ugly Irish collie.

I thank thee heartily for the little spaniel of the new breed thou gottest me from the Duchess of Marlborough.

The brisk couple with their two spaniels might well be booking a retirement party or a thirtieth wedding anniversary.

The Dundee is a shoe designed for touring the landed estates, for tromping through mud while wearing a tie, with your spaniels trailing behind.

Sheldrake, had got a Fourth in History and was only chosen for his present post because he was a member of the Freemasons, or that the yapping little cocker spaniel of a man who tried to teach us football had been dismissed from a job at Borstal for suspected buggery and even and this was a story which lasted with considerable embellishments throughout the whole of one long, wet summer term that the angry string bean of a man who taught us French had been a close friend of Burgess and Maclean and lived in daily terror of being arrested as an old Cambridge leftie and still-active Soviet spy.

I hardly know one breed from the next, with the exception of Chihuahuas, cocker spaniels, and other obvious types.