sea dog

noun

Definition of sea dog

: a veteran sailor

Examples of sea dog in a Sentence

the tale of a grizzled old sea dog who sets out for one last voyage
Recent Examples on the Web During the course of a military career that began at age 12, this indomitable sea dog had lost a leg, an eye and an arm, but gained incomparable understanding of how battles are fought and won. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 Its rocky coves, secret anchorages and long winding creeks have historically been a haunting ground for seafaring scoundrels and salty sea dogs. Alexander Turner, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020 While even the saltiest of sea dogs are prone to bouts of illness aboard cruise ships, Maryland vacationers may take comfort in knowing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention closely monitors health standards on commercial ships. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, 13 June 2019 Delaney emerged from prison an emaciated version of the sea dog who had entered the war. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of sea dog

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea%20dog. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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