bird dog


one of any of various breeds of dogs trained to hunt or retrieve birds.
Informal. a person hired to locate special items or people, especially a talent scout who seeks out promising athletes.
Slang. a person who steals another person's date.

Nearby words

  1. bird band,
  2. bird call,
  3. bird cherry,
  4. bird colonel,
  5. bird dismount,
  6. bird face,
  7. bird farm,
  8. bird feed,
  9. bird feeder,
  10. bird flu

Origin of bird dog

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90


[ burd-dawg, -dog ]
/ ˈbɜrdˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg /

verb (used with object), bird-dogged, bird-dog·ging. Informal.

to follow, watch carefully, or investigate.
to seek out.

verb (used without object), bird-dogged, bird-dog·ging.

Informal. to follow or watch carefully.
Slang. to steal or attempt to steal another person's date.

Origin of bird-dog

v. use of bird dog Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for birddog

bird dog

/ US and Canadian /


hunting a dog used or trained to retrieve game birds after they are shot

verb bird-dog -dogs, -dogging or -dogged

informal to control closely with unceasing vigilance
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