sea dog


Definition of sea dog

: a veteran sailor

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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 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, "The Plastic-Hunting Pirates of the Cornish Coast," 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,, "How many passengers got sick on cruises leaving Baltimore? The CDC has an answer for that and more.," 13 June 2019 Delaney emerged from prison an emaciated version of the sea dog who had entered the war. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, "Gripping 'The Unknowns' follows WWI heroes who buried the Unknown Soldier," 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sea dog

old-fashioned + literary : an experienced sailor

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