from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of an ancient breed of large strong dogs, probably originating in Asia and having a short, often fawn-colored coat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of several large breeds of dog (such as bulldogs and Saint Bernards), often used as guard dogs
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A breed of large dogs noted for strength and courage. There are various strains, differing in form and color, and characteristic of different countries.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of dog of considerable antiquity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog
At the call the mastiff came up and looked inquiringly at his master.
A masty [mastiff] is handsomer to me than the most exact little dog that ever lady played withal.
The mastiff is a large, grave, sullen-looking dog, with a wide chest, noble head, long switch tail, bright eyes, and a loud, deep voice.
"And a magnificent animal he is!" remarked my grandfather; "but although a mastiff is the largest of dogs, I do not think it is as sensible as many others."
"And a magnificent specimen he is!" remarked my grandfather; "but although a mastiff is the largest and most imposing of the race, I do not think it is as sensible as many others."
She never had any children, and was not taxed with debauchery: "No man can say or affirm that ever she had a sweetheart or any such fond thing to dally with her;" a mastiff was the only living thing she cared for.
The mastiff is a good fighter, and can kill a wildcat, taking the necessary punishment well, as we found out when we once trapped one of these small lynxes.
The teeth -- those great friends of the closet naturalist, which help him to whole pages of speculation -- have enabled him to separate the beaver from the musquash, although the whole history and habits of these creatures prove them to be congeners, as much as a mastiff is the congener of a greyhound -- indeed, far more.
I certainly do not recall a mastiff attack on anyone in living memory, mainly because whilst they are huge dogs they are rare, normally gentle and require considerable funds to keep.
And I certainly do not recall a mastiff attack on anyone in living memory, mainly because whilst they are huge dogs they are rare, normally gentle and require considerable funds to keep.