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bird dog

Definition:

a gun dog trained to locate or retrieve birds

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

bird dogs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

bird + dog
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Bird dog

a type of gun dog or hunting dog used to hunt or retrieve birds or other small game animals. by tracking their scent in the air. Bird dog breeds are receptive to being trained to retrieve hunted birds. In the Southern United States the term bird dog ... (47 of 1101 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Bird dog

Bird dog (disambiguation)

a dog used in hunting birds. Bird dog may also refer to: Bird dog (exercise) | Bird Dog (album), a 1987 album by The Verlaines | "Bird Dog" (song), a 1958 song by the Everly Brothers | Bird Dog, Cessna L-19 or Cessna O-1 Bird Dog airplane (44 of 91 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Bird dog (disambiguation)

New World Dictionary:

bird dog [United States] | bird dogged [past tense] | bird dogging [present participle] | bird-dog [United States]

a dog trained for hunting birds, as a pointer | [informal] a person whose work is searching, as for missing persons | [informal] to search out ... (24 of 37 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bird-dog

bird dog [United States]

a dog trained for hunting birds, as a pointer | [informal] a person whose work is searching, as for missing persons (20 of 22 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bird-dogged

Collins Dictionary:

bird dog | bird dog (Canadian) [United States]

[hunting] a dog used or trained to retrieve game birds after they are shot | [informal] to control closely with unceasing vigilance (21 of 388 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bird-dog

American Heritage Dictionary:

bird dog | bird-dogged [past tense] | birddogged [past tense] | bird-dogging [present participle] | birddogging [present participle] | bird-dogs [3rd-person singular present] | birddogs [3rd-person singular present] | bird-dog

A dog used to hunt game birds; a gun dog. | [informal] One that bird-dogs. | A scout, especially in baseball. | To follow a subject of interest, such ... (26 of 81 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bird-dog

Random House Dictionary:

bird dog | bird-dog: bird-dogged [past tense] | bird-dog: bird-dogging [present participle] | bird-dog

one of any of various breeds of dogs trained to hunt or retrieve birds. | [informal] a person hired to locate special items or people, especially a ... (26 of 81 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bird-dog

Merriam-Webster:

bird dog

a gundog trained to hunt or retrieve birds | one (as a canvasser or talent scout) who seeks out something for another ; one who steals another's date (27 of 59 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bird dog

Oxford Dictionary:

bird dog | bird-dog

[North American] : a gun dog trained to retrieve birds. | [informal] : a talent scout. | [transitive, informal] : search out or pursue with dogged ... (24 of 50 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bird-dog

Wiktionary:

bird dog | bird dogs [plural] | bird dogged [past tense] | bird dogging [present participle] | bird-dog [sense-specific] | gun dog [synonym, sense-specific]

A dog used in shooting to retrieve the dead birds, especially an English pointer. | A tout | [intransitive] To watch closely. | [transitive] To seek out. (24 of 30 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bird dog

Cambridge Dictionary:

gun dog | bird dog [United States]

a dog used by people who hunt to find and collect birds they have shot (15 of 24 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gun-dog

Columbia Encyclopedia:

sporting dog

classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent--as ... (24 of 217 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0846339​.html

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gun dog [countable] | gun dogs [plural]

a dog that is trained to bring back dead birds that someone has shot for sport (16 of 45 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gun-dog

Encarta Dictionary:

bird dog | bird dogs [plural]

a dog used to bring back game birds after they have been shot (13 of 24 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861686205​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

bird dog | bird dogs [plural] | bird dogged [past tense] | bird dogging [present participle]

Origin: bird + dog

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bird dog

bird | birds [plural] | birded [past tense] | birding [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English bird, brid, bridd ("young bird, chick"), of uncertain origin and relation. | Originally Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from bird-lime for "time" | Dated in the mid‐18th Century;... (30 of 52 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bird

dog | dogs [plural] | dogged [past tense] | dogging [present participle]

Origin: Middle English dogge, from Old English docga ("hound, powerful breed of dog"), a pet-form diminutive of Old English *docce ("muscle") (found in compound fingerdocce ("finger-muscle") with suffix -ga (compare ... (29 of 78 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dog

Audio references

Macmillan American Dictionary:

bird dog [countable, United States] | bird dogs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bird dog"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bird-dog

Cambridge Dictionary:

bird dog [United States]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bird dog"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bird dog"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bird-dog

Google Dictionary:

bird dog | bird dogs [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "bird dog"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=bird dog

YourDictionary Audio:

bird dog

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bird dog" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bird-dog

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