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pinscher

Definition:

any of 3 breeds of dogs whose ears and tail are usually cropped

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

pinschers

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

German Pinscher, probably from English pinch, in reference to its "clipped"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Pinscher

a type of dog developed originally as ratters on farms and for fighting or guarding, although today they are most often kept as pets. The American Heritage Dictionary describes pinscher as being a German word, but from the English word pinch, referring... (42 of 316 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pinscher

Collins Dictionary:

Doberman pinscher | Doberman

a fairly large slender but muscular breed of dog, originally from Germany, with a glossy black-and-tan coat, a short tail, and erect ears [Also spelt] ... (25 of 285 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/doberman-pinscher

American Heritage Dictionary:

Doberman pinscher

A medium-sized to large dog of a breed originating in Germany, having short hair and a smooth, usually dark brown or black coat. (23 of 53 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/doberman-pinscher

Random House Dictionary:

pinscher

one of a group of related dogs including the Doberman pinscher, miniature pinscher, and affenpinscher. (15 of 20 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pinscher

Wiktionary:

pinscher | pinschers [plural] | Dobermann [subtype] | German Pinscher [subtype] | Miniature Pinscher [subtype] | Affenpinscher [subtype] | Austrian Pinscher [subtype]

The name for several dog breeds. (6 of 7 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pinscher

Oxford Dictionary:

watchdog | watchdogged [past tense] | watchdogging [present participle] | watchdogs [3rd-person singular present]

a dog kept to guard private property. | a person or group that monitors the practices of companies providing a particular service or utility | monitor ... (24 of 73 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/watchdog

Merriam-Webster:

watchdog [entry 1, noun]

a dog kept to guard property | one that guards against loss, waste, theft, or undesirable practices (16 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/watchdog

watchdog [entry 2, verb]

to act as a watchdog for (6 of 18 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/watchdog show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

guard dog [countable] | guard dogs [plural]

a dog trained to guard property or people (8 of 37 words)

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

New World Dictionary:

watchdog

a dog kept to guard property, as by barking | a person or group that keeps watch in order to prevent waste, unethical practices, etc. | to act as a ... (28 of 33 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/watchdog

Cambridge Dictionary:

guard dog | watchdog [United States]

a dog trained to protect a place (7 of 12 words)

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

Encarta Dictionary:

Doberman pinscher | Doberman pinschers [plural] | Doberman: Dobermans [plural] | Dobermans [plural] | Doberman

a medium-sized to large powerful dog with a smooth black or dark brown coat, often used as a guard dog or for police work and belonging to a breed ... (29 of 66 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605670​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

pinscher

First use: 1926

Origin: German Pinscher, probably from English pinch, in reference to its "clipped" ears.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=pinscher

Wiktionary:

pinscher | pinschers [plural]

Origin: German Pinscher.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pinscher

Encarta Dictionary:

pinscher | Germans [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin Germanus, applied to a group of related peoples of northern and central Europe

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726367​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

pinscher

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "pinscher"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "pinscher"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "pinscher" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/pinscher

YourDictionary Audio:

pinscher

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pinscher" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pinscher

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