water dog

noun

Definition of water dog

1 : a person (such as a skilled sailor) who is quite at ease in or on water
2 : any of several large American salamanders especially : any of a genus (Necturus of the family Proteidae) with external gills

Examples of water dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most fearful breeds were Spanish water dogs, Shetland dogs, and mixed breeds. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Is your dog anxious? Genes common to its breed could play a role," 5 Mar. 2020 Another early surprise came during the sporting group, when an Irish water dog acted up in front of the judge. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Siba the Standard Poodle Wins the 2020 Westminster Dog Show With a Regal Attitude," 12 Feb. 2020 In December, the AKC recognized two other breeds: the Barbet, a sociable French water dog, and the Dogo Argentino, an Argentine big-game hunter. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Meet the Azawakh, the new breed competing at this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show," 6 Feb. 2020 The Glassmans came to celebrate and to survey the grave of Maximus, their previous Spanish water dog. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "West Laurel Hill debuts pet cemetery, featuring 'aquamation'," 3 July 2018 The Glassmans came to celebrate and to survey the grave of Maximus, their previous Spanish water dog. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "West Laurel Hill debuts pet cemetery, featuring 'aquamation'," 3 July 2018 David and Glenda Glassman arrived for the grand opening in a Range Rover with Spartacus, a Spanish water dog that resembled a sentient mop. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "West Laurel Hill debuts pet cemetery, featuring 'aquamation'," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of water dog

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Water dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20dog. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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