pit bull


Definition of pit bull 

1 or pit bull terrier : a muscular, short-haired, stocky dog (such as an American pit bull terrier or American Staffordshire terrier) of any of several breeds or a hybrid with one or more of these breeds that was originally developed for fighting and is noted for strength, stamina, and tenacity

2 : an aggressive and tenacious person

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for pit bull





Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of pit bull in a Sentence

a pit bull who won't let anyone stand in her way to the top of the corporate ladder

Recent Examples on the Web

The pit bull reportedly had just been groomed in the store. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Violent confrontation between pit bull and beagle takes a deadly turn at PetSmart," 6 July 2018 Waukegan city officials are reviewing their dog ordinance after Gus's owners, Greg and Jamie Schueneman, questioned why the pit bull couldn't be declared dangerous. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Changes to Waukegan's animal control ordinance unlikely, for now," 6 Mar. 2018 Burglars had ransacked the apartment, taking valuable items and the blue nose pit bull. Maria Carter, Country Living, "This Brave Puppy Jumped Out of a Moving Truck After Burglars Took Him," 31 July 2015 Alderman Kevin Ellis owns a pit bull and requested the change. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It's about public safety': Oconomowoc will require pit bulls to be muzzled after all," 16 May 2018 Police say those charges stem from an incident in July of 2017 when Craft's two pit bulls entered someone else's yard and attacked that person's golden retriever, the station reported. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Woman, 75, killed by pit bulls in Gulfport: report," 16 May 2018 Among the pack, pit bulls have typically been targeted the most by such ordinances in Michigan. Alice Yin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Senate votes down breed-specific bans often aimed at pit bulls," 13 Apr. 2018 There were seven other dogs on the property, all pit bull mixes, that were removed for safe keeping. Lauren Pack, ajc, "Pit bull recovering after alleged beating with baseball bat caught on video," 3 July 2018 Officials said there were a total of eight other dogs, all pit bull mixes, on the property where Sisco was arrested. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Sheriff: Teen beat pit bull with a baseball bat," 2 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pit bull.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pit bull

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pit bull

Statistics for pit bull

Last Updated

5 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pit bull

The first known use of pit bull was in 1927

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on pit bull

See words that rhyme with pit bull

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pit bull

Comments on pit bull

What made you want to look up pit bull? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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