ban·​dog ˈban-ˌdȯg How to pronounce bandog (audio)
: a dog kept tied to serve as a watchdog or because of its ferocity

Word History


Middle English bond dogge, band-dogge, from bond, band band entry 1 + dogge dog entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bandog was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near bandog

Cite this Entry

“Bandog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on bandog

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!