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[dawg-kach-er, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌkætʃ ər, ˈdɒg-/
a person employed by a municipal pound, humane society, or the like, to find and impound stray or homeless dogs, cats, etc.
Origin of dogcatcher
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; dog + catcher Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Never will there come even a dog-catcher Ulysses to remove the spell.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • There is a perfect water system, fire-brigade with fire stations where the firemen sleep, police, and a dog-catcher.

    The Last Spike Cy Warman
  • He's just naturally mean and cranky, and when he found Grit wandering about the street he probably notified a dog-catcher.

  • Its visible inhabitants would have astounded a census-taker or a dog-catcher.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Im afraid, said Mr. Maclin, that the dog-catcher has caught the little brown dog.

  • To Miss Clementinas mind the dog-catcher suggested awful possibilities.

  • Have confidence in everything you do, even when you eat sausages at a quick lunch next door to the dog-catcher.

    Supreme Personality Delmer Eugene Croft
  • If he looks as if a dog-catcher had spat him out on the street, then, with such women-folks, he needn't be afraid of a prince!

    Pandora's Box Frank Wedekind
  • At last one bright day in summer he was flung into the dark cabin of the dog-catcher's dirty boat, and no more was seen of him.

British Dictionary definitions for dog-catcher


(mainly US & Canadian) a local official whose job is to catch and impound stray dogs, cats, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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