from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dog kept to guard a house.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a dog trained to guard a house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a dog trained to guard a house


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  • The door-bell rang; the bark of the housedog was answered by the little spaniel, which jumped off its cushion and ran into the hall; servants with lights passed to and fro; all was bustle and confusion.

    Stuart of Dunleath: A Story of Modern Times

  • This for her own sake as much as for his; since a housedog is worthless until it learns that each and every indoor object must be respected and held sacred from mutilation.

    Further Adventures of Lad

  • Lady had all the promise of becoming a perfect housedog.

    Further Adventures of Lad

  • She was a devoted slave, just a bit unreasonable -- a veritable housedog who in the zeal of guardianship barks more than is necessary at the stranger who passes.

    Saint Augustin

  • My housedog, who made a huge noise within doors, was sufficiently punished for his want of politics and _moderation_, for the next day but one his leg was almost chopped off by an unknown hand.

    Hetty Wesley

  • The housedog he flees after me -- why was I born a cat?

    Fly Leaves

  • The Leap-frog said nothing; but people gave it as their opinion, that he therefore thought the more; and when the housedog snuffed at him with his nose, he confessed the Leap-frog was of good family.

    Andersen's Fairy Tales

  • He bought a blunderbuss, two pairs of pistols, and a huge housedog.

    My Novel — Volume 09

  • He bought a blunderbuss, two pairs of pistols, and a huge housedog.

    My Novel — Complete

  • If not treated, the skunk stink stuck to a dog cannot only end a hunt but can also lose you your place in a motel room and can cause real problems back home for a housedog or even a dog that lives outside in a kennel.



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