sheep·​dog | \ ˈshēp-ˌdȯg How to pronounce sheepdog (audio) \

Definition of sheepdog

: a dog (such as a border collie) used to tend, drive, or guard sheep

Examples of sheepdog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the day, there was horse racing and shearing competitions and sheepdog trials, sometimes fuelled by gin-and-tonics for breakfast, and in the evening there was drinking and dancing until four or five in the morning. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 This is more of a nit than a gripe, and the relationship between Shaun and the sheepdog—which is essentially that of a rambunctious child and a bossy-but-well-intentioned older brother—is relatable. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Farmageddon movie review: Stop-motion sheep > CG hedgehog," 16 Feb. 2020 Attention then swung to a sheepdog with a red bandanna trotting behind a herd of sheep, keeping his flock moving. Vincent T. Davis,, "The Old West comes alive on downtown streets at San Antonio’s Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive," 1 Feb. 2020 Today’s festival includes sheepdog trials, sheepherder hikes, Basque dance performances, and Zapotec botanical wool-dyeing classes. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States," 15 Oct. 2019 Among the highlights will be Celtic music, a car show, Highland games, dancing, sheepdog herding, food, a beer garden and more. Phil Marty,, "Take your pick of fall festivals, plus other seasonal events across the Midwest," 3 Sep. 2019 The only other vehicle was a farmer’s van coming the opposite direction, a sheepdog riding shotgun. New York Times, "Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way," 12 Aug. 2019 Taken once in summer and once in winter to account for seasonal variability, cortisol concentrations tended to be high in the sheepdogs and collies when their human guardians’ levels were also high. Melissa Healy,, "Coming home stressed? Your dog is internalizing those bad vibes too, study suggests," 6 June 2019 While attending the community picnic in Victoria Park in Dubbo, Australia, Harry successfully guided the sheepdog over a a seriously high-looking fence, proving that his fans will do just about anything for him. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Playing with Dogs in Australia Is the Most Adorable Thing You’ll See Today," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sheepdog

circa 1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sheepdog was circa 1774

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4 Jul 2020

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“Sheepdog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sheepdog

: a dog that is trained to control sheep

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