[af-uh n-pin-sher]
  1. one of a breed of toy dogs having a dense, wiry, red or gray coat with tufts of hair around the eyes, nose, and chin, cropped ears, and a docked tail.

Origin of affenpinscher

1900–05; < German, equivalent to Affen (combining form of Affe ape) + Pinscher terrier
Also called monkey pinscher, monkey dog. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for affenpinscher


  1. a small wire-haired breed of dog of European origin, having tufts of hair on the muzzle

Word Origin for affenpinscher

German, literally: monkey-terrier, so called because its face resembles a monkey's
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