- a dog kept to guard property.
- a watchful guardian: a self-appointed watchdog of the public morals.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a watchdog.
- organized or functioning as a watchful guardian, especially against illegal or unethical conduct: a watchdog group in the legislature.
- to watch carefully, especially so as to detect illegal or unethical conduct.
Origin of watchdog
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- a dog kept to guard property
- a person or group of persons that acts as a protector or guardian against inefficiency, illegal practices, etc
- (as modifier)a watchdog committee
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Word Origin and History for watchdogging
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