\ ˈbərd-ˌdȯg How to pronounce bird-dog (audio) \
bird-dogged; bird-dogging; bird-dogs

Definition of bird-dog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to watch closely

transitive verb

: to seek out : follow, detect

bird dog


Definition of bird dog (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gundog trained to hunt or retrieve birds
2a : one (such as a canvasser or talent scout) who seeks out something for another
b : one who steals another's date

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Examples of bird-dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There had been little to no minority representation in the hunting community and even less so in the bird dog world. Durrell L. Smith, Outdoor Life, "The Tale of Jake and Belle: A Hunting Dog Story You Haven’t Heard Before," 10 June 2020 Folks who teach bird dogs to sit find that their dog folds under training pressure. Tom Keer, Outdoor Life, "7 Top Hunting Dog Training Tips from World-Class Experts," 11 May 2020 Living and hunting with a houseful of bird dogs has tested my limits at times. Anchorage Daily News, "Be like Hugo, the adventurous bird dog: Don’t worry, and be happy," 8 May 2020 What seemed like a good idea — breeding two proven bird dogs and keeping two of the pups — turned into one of my greatest life lessons. Anchorage Daily News, "Advice on how to pick a puppy (from someone who picked the whole litter)," 17 Sep. 2019 And then a lot of work on the transverse abdominis, a lot of exercises that will engage that, like bird dogs. Tim Ferriss, Outside Online, "How Amelia Boone Trains, Eats, and Wins," 25 June 2019 Here’s how to add the bird dog to your warm-up: Position your body on your hands and knees., "3 common fitness 'tips' to ignore," 17 Apr. 2018 Four years ago, Eric Hillard took aim on the wooded backyard of a neighbor’s home and fired a .22-caliber bullet into the neck of a 3-year-old, bird dog mix named Jake. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Caring for Jake is a ‘daily act of love.’ Now the man who shot him must pay. | Charlotte Observer," 26 Feb. 2018 And then a lot of work on the transverse abdominis, a lot of exercises that will engage that, like bird dogs. Tim Ferriss, Outside Online, "How Amelia Boone Trains, Eats, and Wins," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of bird-dog


1943, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bird-dog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bird dog

US : a dog that has been trained to help people hunt birds

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