noun \ˈlēsh\

: a long, thin piece of rope, chain, etc., that is used for holding a dog or other animal

Full Definition of LEASH

a :  a line for leading or restraining an animal
b :  something that restrains :  the state of being restrained <keeping spending on a tight leash>
a :  a set of three animals (as greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares)
b :  a set of three
leash transitive verb

Examples of LEASH

  1. put a dog on a leash
  2. Dogs must be kept on a leash while in the park.
  3. The dog saw a cat and was straining at its leash trying to get at it.

Origin of LEASH

Middle English lees, leshe, from Anglo-French *lesche, lesse, probably from lesser to leave, let go
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with LEASH

LEASHED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈlēsh\

Definition of LEASH for Kids

:  a line for holding or controlling an animal



Definition of LEASH for Kids

:  to put on a line for holding or controlling <All dogs must be leashed.>


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