- a sailor, especially an old or experienced one.
- harbor seal.
- a dogfish.
- a pirate or privateer.
Origin of sea dog
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for sea-dog
Brave, courageous Venetian sea-dog, you are just in the nick of time!Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea
Charles H. L. Johnston
“Not a bit of it,” said the skipper bluntly, in sea-dog fashion.Fritz and Eric
John Conroy Hutcheson
I am in no one's way, and that sea-dog could do his work as well with me here as without me.Lord Montagu's Page
G. P. R. James
The Californian sea-elephant and the sea-dog of the West Indies have shared a like fate.My Native Land
The gait of the man would have proclaimed him a sea-dog, to any one acquainted with that animal, as far as he could be seen.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef
James Fenimore Cooper
- an experienced or old sailor
Word Origin and History for sea-dog
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