American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short-haired hunting dog of a breed originating in France and having a long body, short legs, and long drooping ears.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long-bodied, short-legged breed of dogs, similar in build to the dachshund, but larger and heavier. The color varies, but it is frequently white with liver-colored or black blotches.
- n. a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Zoöl.) A small kind of hound with a long body and short legs, used as an earth dog.
- n. smooth-haired breed of hound with short legs and long ears
- From French basset ("basset hound"), nominalization of Old French adjective basset ("short-legged"), from bas ("short, low"). (Wiktionary)
- French, short, basset hound, diminutive of basse, fem. of bas, low; see base2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Koko was already eying a wall calendar with malice; it had a large photograph of a basset hound and a tear-off page for each month.”
“That little pisser was the most tenacious basset hound I'd ever met.”
“George was a pear-shaped man with silver-tinted buzz-cut hair, a permanent five o’clock shadow, and sleepy, basset hound eyes.”
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