beagle

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbiːgəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbigəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bēgəl)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bea•gle /ˈbigəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Dog and Cat Breedsa kind of small, short-legged dog with drooping ears and usually a black, tan, and white coat.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bea•gle  (bēgəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Dog and Cat Breedsone of a breed of small hounds having long ears, short legs, and a usually black, tan, and white coat.
  • Middle French beegueule one who whines insistently, equivalent. to bee, 3d pers. singular of beer to be open, gape (by-form of bayer (see bay2) + gueule mouth (of an animal); see gullet
  • perh. 1490–1500

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
beagle /ˈbiːɡəl/ n
  1. a small sturdy breed of hound, having a smooth dense coat usually of white, tan, and black; often used (esp formerly) for hunting hares
  2. archaic a person who spies on others
vb
  1. (intransitive) to hunt with beagles, normally on foot
Etymology: 15th Century: of uncertain origin
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