\ 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

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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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Synonyms & Antonyms for bird-dog

Synonyms: Verb

chase, course, dog, follow, hound, pursue, run, shadow, tag, tail, trace, track, trail

Antonyms: Verb

guide, lead, pilot

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Examples of bird-dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Examples of dynamic stretches include marching in place, arm circles, walking lunges, and bird dogs., "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 Most locals would just as soon throw a fine party—or own a fine bird dog—as drive a fine car. Valerie Fraser Luesse, Southern Living, "Smitten With Mississippi," 17 Oct. 2016 Yet plenty of people names have worked for bird dogs – Abby, Buck, Daisy, Hank, Nelly and Hoss. Christine Cunningham, Alaska Dispatch News, "An English setter named Winchester? That dog better hunt.," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bird dog

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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