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or sheep dog

[sheep-dawg, -dog] /ˈʃipˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
a dog trained to herd and guard sheep.
Origin of sheepdog
First recorded in 1765-75; sheep + dog Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She was followed by a sheep-dog, small and wiry as a hill-fox.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • A sheep-dog was stretched at full length before the slumbering fire.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • No man could act as sheep-dog for Royalty and retain skill as a detective.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • He urged me towards the outside of the station like a sheep-dog hazing his flock.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Smart was a sheep-dog that belonged to a Mr. Scott, who lived in Scotland.

  • My suggestion is: That every man-jack of you who owns a sheep-dog ties him up at night.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Truly, Smith guarded the Schoolmarm with the vigilance of a sheep-dog.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • The wolf does not curry favor with the sheep-dog when it hungers for a lamb.

  • This ferocious beast is about the size of the largest kind of sheep-dog.

  • I suppose he was not a cow-dog, but what they call a sheep-dog.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for sheep-dog


Also called shepherd dog. a dog used for herding sheep See Border collie
any of various breeds of dog reared originally for herding sheep See Old English sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sheep-dog

1774, from sheep (n.) + dog (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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