American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of a breed of small hounds having short legs, drooping ears, and a smooth coat with white, black, and tan markings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small hound, formerly kept to hunt hares, now almost superseded by the harrier, which is sometimes called by this name. The beagle is smaller than the harrier, compactly built, smooth-haired, and has pendulous ears. The smallest beagles are little larger than lap-dogs.
- n. Hence Figuratively, one who makes a business of scenting out or hunting down (a person or thing); a spy; a bailiff or sheriff's officer.
- n. A local name for several species of the smaller sharks.
- n. A small short-legged smooth-coated hound, often used for hunting hares. Often tri-coloured, its friendly disposition makes it suitable as a family pet.
- n. A person who snoops on others; a detective.
- v. To hunt with beagles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small hound, or hunting dog, twelve to fifteen inches high, used in hunting hares and other small game. See
- n. Fig.: A spy or detective; a constable.
- n. a small short-legged smooth-coated breed of hound
- From Middle English begle. Origin uncertain, possibly from Middle French beegueule, from beer + gueule. The French bigle is from the English. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English begle, possibly from Old French bee gueule, loudmouth : beer, to gape (variant of baer; see bay2) + gueule, gullet (from Latin gula). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This beagle is the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays.”
“Although I'm sure the beagle is the real trouble-maker, I can't give the beagle up because she is Monk's dog and we chose her.”
“A beagle is unlikely to have any effect on your deer herd.”
“I know its a little wierd to be celebrating a dogs b-day but my little huntin beagle has his first b-day on Feb. 6.”
“My current beagle is my first dog that I could say is truly a hunting dog.”
“My current beagle is named Lexi LuLu Bear (Damn ex-wife).”
“This is a kit to completely transform your beloved pug or beagle from a cute canine to the ultimate unicorn.”
“A beagle is one of the most social breeds of a very social animal. why is it perfectly OK to keep an animal as sensitive and complex as a beagle in a state of utter boredom and loneliness as if it were a lawnmower or some other machine for the convenience of its owner?”
“It's so much easier to have a dog who knows how to mind ... especially since the beagle is such an untamable pain in the ass.”
“If a beagle is crossed with an elkhound and then their offspring are crossed, some of those dogs will suffer from retinal degeneration and some won't.”
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