American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small terrier of a breed developed in the border counties of England and Scotland and having a rough grayish or brownish coat, a long body, drooping ears, and short legs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small, long-bodied, short-legged, coarse-haired breed of terriers popular in Scotland, named after Andrew (Dandie) Dinmont, a character in Scott's novel “Guy Mannering,” who possessed such a dog.
- n. A terrier of a small Scottish breed with long body, short legs, and a distinctive "top-knot" of hair on the head.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In Scott's “Guy Mannering”, a Border farmer of eccentric but fine character, who owns two terriers claimed to be the progenitors of the Dandie Dinmont terriers.
- n. One of a breed of terriers with short legs, long body, and rough coat, originating in the country about the English and Scotch border.
- n. a breed of small terrier with long wiry coat and drooping ears
- Named after a character in Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott. (Wiktionary)
- After Dandie Dinmont, the owner of two such dogs in Guy Mannering, a novel by Sir Walter Scott. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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