dog·​catch·​er | \ ˈdȯg-ˌka-chər How to pronounce dogcatcher (audio) , -ˌke- \

Definition of dogcatcher

: a community official assigned to catch and dispose of stray dogs

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Recent Examples on the Web Beto O’Rourke loses election for dogcatcher, but his rousing concession speech vaults him to the lead in Democratic presidential primaries. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2020 However, the Spenard PUD did not take action until 1958, finally creating a dogcatcher position. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Nov. 2020 But now, with those radical views, Democrats wouldn’t elect him dogcatcher. John Kass, Twin Cities, 20 Dec. 2019 In our two-party system, the surest way to accomplish these things is to support the other party, in every race from president to dogcatcher. Jeet Heer, New Republic, 8 Feb. 2018 But a loss like the one Republicans suffered in Alabama will have everyone from the President to ambitious GOP dogcatchers tapping at the brakes. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 13 Dec. 2017 Their adherents couldn’t swing a race for dogcatcher. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2017 But could anyone ever actually be elected dogcatcher? Ben Zimmer, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2017 Since 1964, the GOP has managed to weaponize white racial insecurity and inflame bigotry for the benefit of candidates who otherwise couldn’t get elected dogcatcher. Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of dogcatcher

circa 1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Dogcatcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dogcatcher

US : a public official who is responsible for catching dogs that do not have homes


dog·​catch·​er | \ ˈdȯg-ˌka-chər How to pronounce dogcatcher (audio) \

Kids Definition of dogcatcher

: an official paid to catch and get rid of stray dogs

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