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or sheep dog

[sheep-dawg, -dog] /ˈʃipˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
a dog trained to herd and guard sheep.
Origin of sheepdog
1765-75; sheep + dog Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • Smart was a sheep-dog that belonged to a Mr. Scott, who lived in Scotland.

  • The wolf does not curry favor with the sheep-dog when it hungers for a lamb.

  • The sheep-dog had had enough; a sudden scream of pain stung her into action.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • She was followed by a sheep-dog, small and wiry as a hill-fox.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • The two kept ahead of the two women, Greenlaw, Thomas, and the sheep-dog Sandy.

    Foes Mary Johnston
  • No man could act as sheep-dog for Royalty and retain skill as a detective.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • And Lablache, the hardest, most unscrupulous man for miles around, endeavored to obey with the alacrity of any sheep-dog.

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

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • Of course Murphy could not be a sheep-dog; that is, unless Job Nutt had a mind to make him.

    'Murphy' Major Gambier-Parry
  • So then Min-erva went and put a sheep-dog and an owl on her banner.

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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