\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for bird-dog

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of bird-dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The McGill Big Three are the McGill curl-up, the side bridge, and the bird dog. Roger Lockridge, Men's Health, 26 Apr. 2022 The bird dog crunch is an excellent core stability exercise that works your rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and glutes. SELF, 28 Jan. 2022 Maybe it’s because their life spans are shorter than ours that bird dog seasons seem to have less to do with a calendar year than the whole of their lives in consideration of human constraints and conditions. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 The gun has a lot of nice details, with beautiful engraving on the sides of the receiver, lovely wood with checkering, and a small metal plate on the bottom of the stock grip that shows a bird dog with a duck in its mouth. The Editors, Field & Stream, 23 Feb. 2021 Strengthen your core, which will help prevent back pain, with planks, abdominal curls and moves like bird dog and Superman. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2021 Hugo’s posture does not resemble the classic cartoon bird dog that points a paw toward a bird. Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2021 Directions Perform 8-15 reps per side of the dead bug, 6-12 reps per side of the bird dog, and hold the side plank for 20-45 seconds per side. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 17 Apr. 2021 The most obvious place to look for your next bird dog might be in your living room. Jennifer Wapenski, Outdoor Life, 5 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bird-dog


1943, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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