Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A breed of small dogs of European origin, having wiry, shaggy hair and a tufted muzzle.

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  • n. European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzle

Etymologies

German : Affe, ape (from Middle High German, from Old High German affo) + Pinscher, a type of dog with ears operated on or "pinchedā€ to make them stand up (from English pinch).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In these parts, we love Isabel Jacobson, a Madison 7th grader, who made it to the final 45 by spelling "affenpinscher" and "tangential."

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  • The affenpinscher, meaning "monkey-like terrier," is generally alert and inquisitive with great loyalty and affection toward its master and friends, according to the American Kennel Club.

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  • This is why I believe there is quite a bit of difference between affenpinscher training and bandog training.

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  • Pink tongue peeking out from his black face, he beat a heralded affenpinscher called Banana Joe in a most competitive group.

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  • Among the favorites to become top dog are a wire fox terrier, a smooth fox terrier, an affenpinscher and a couple of standard poodles.

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  • Banana Joe, an affenpinscher, waits at the grooming table.

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  • Banana Joe, an affenpinscher, owned by Zoila Truesdale and Mieke Cooymans, waits in the grooming table at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, in New York.

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  • Pink tongue peeking out from his black face, he beat a prize affenpinscher called Banana Joe in a most competitive group.

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  • There are prized terriers and poodles, plus an affenpinscher with a monkey face called Banana Joe.

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  • The affenpinscher was one of 173 breeds recognized at the dog show, and Taser was one of

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