from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several breeds of small-sized to medium-sized dogs, usually having drooping ears, short legs, and a wavy, silky coat.
- n. A docile or servile person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various small breeds of gun dog having a broad muzzle, long, wavy fur and long ears that hang at the side of the head, bred for flushing and retrieving game.
- v. To follow loyally, like a spaniel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a breed of small dogs having long and thick hair and large drooping ears. The legs are usually strongly feathered, and the tail bushy. See Illust. under clumber, and cocker.
- n. A cringing, fawning person.
- adj. Cringing; fawning.
- intransitive v. To fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious.
- transitive v. To follow like a spaniel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dog of a domestic breed, of medium and small sizes, with a long silky and usually curly coat, long, soft, drooping ears, feathered tail and stern, of docile, timid, and affectionate disposition, much used for sporting purposes and as pets.
- n. Figuratively, a mean, cringing, fawning person; a blindly submissive follower: from the characteristics of the spaniel in relation to its master, or when in a state of fear.
- Like a spaniel; fawningly submissive; mean; servile; cringing.
- To fawn; cringe; be obsequious.
- To follow like a spaniel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several breeds of small to medium-sized gun dogs with a long silky coat and long frilled ears
Middle English spainol, from Old French espaignol, Spaniard, Spanish dog, from Vulgar Latin *Hispāniōlus, Spanish, from Hispānia, Spain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French espaigneul (modern épagneul), from Latin Hispaniolus ‘Spanish’, from Hispania ‘Spain’. (Wiktionary)