[bee-guh l]


one of a breed of small hounds having long ears, short legs, and a usually black, tan, and white coat.

Origin of beagle

1490–1500; perhaps < Middle French beegueule one who whines insistently, equivalent to bee, 3rd person singular of beer to be open, gape (by-form of bayer (see bay2) + gueule mouth (of an animal); see gullet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of beagle

  • All this time his beagle lay motionless on the floor in the entry hall.

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    The Day I Met Charles Schulz

    Daniel J. Levitin

    February 12, 2013

  • There was a brief attempt to train a beagle named Python Pete to track the snakes.

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    Catharine Skipp

    February 26, 2010

Historical Examples of beagle

British Dictionary definitions for beagle



a small sturdy breed of hound, having a smooth dense coat usually of white, tan, and black; often used (esp formerly) for hunting hares
archaic a person who spies on others


(intr) to hunt with beagles, normally on foot

Word Origin for beagle

C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for beagle

late 15c., of unknown origin, possibly from French becguele "noisy person," literally "gaping throat," from bayer "open wide" (see bay (n.2)) + gueule "mouth" (see gullet).

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