from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dog trained to guard people or property.
- n. One who serves as a guardian or protector against waste, loss, or illegal practices.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a guard dog
- n. a person or organization that monitors and publicizes the behavior of others (individuals, corporations, governments) to discover undesirable activity.
- v. To perform a function analogous to a watchdog.
- v. To guard and warn.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dog kept to watch and guard premises or property, and to give notice of the approach of intruders.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dog kept to watch or guard premises and property.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or waste
- n. a dog trained to guard property
But couldn't the Republicans have used the word "watchdog," which is the standard term, or at least found some other gender-neutral expression?
I love the term watchdog whilstleblower has a “rat fink” type of conotation and “watchdog” doesn’t we need a movement
The UK police watchdog is finally looking into the widespread use of anti-terrorism stop-and-search powers by cops.
The British food watchdog is asking fast-food restaurants to add calorie-counts to their menus -- and want to adopt a set of "traffic light" labels that indicate dangerously high levels of salt, fat, sugar (or, presumably, eyeball-gnawing maggots, see post below).
A government bailout watchdog is now reviewing the transaction, triggered by a request from Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican.
WASHINGTON — A government watchdog is investigating government-owned GMAC Mortgage after a company employee admitted to approving thousands of foreclosures without reading the paperwork.
Japan's market watchdog is looking into allegations of illegal stock trading on a wide scale.
The Wall Street watchdog is a nonprofit organization.
Getty Images The experience of a handful of countries such as Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, United States, and recently Hungary, demonstrates that a home-grown, independent fiscal watchdog is best equipped to conduct real-time surveillance of fiscal policy-making.
Your example of the FDA as watchdog is outside the domain of aerospace, so it's NFG.