water dog

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Watch a land dog meet a water dog for the first time! Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 The poodle -- a water dog known for its distinctive curly fur -- pawed its way to the top five for the first time since 1997, beating out the bulldog. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 20 Mar. 2022 So far, training her to be a great water dog has been mostly a success, and this life jacket has certainly played a role. Ebony Roberts, Outside Online, 11 June 2021 The Portugese water dog was a perfect fit for the Obamas because Malia is allergic to canines. NBC News, 8 May 2021 The most fearful breeds were Spanish water dogs, Shetland dogs, and mixed breeds. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2020 The Glassmans came to celebrate and to survey the grave of Maximus, their previous Spanish water dog. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, 3 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of water dog was in 1652

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“Water dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20dog. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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