[dahks-hoo nt, -hoo nd, -uh nd, daks-, dash-]


one of a German breed of dogs having short legs, a long body and ears, and a usually tan or black-and-tan coat.

Origin of dachshund

1840–50; < German, equivalent to Dachs badger + Hund dog
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Historical Examples of dachshund

  • The dachshund's pathetic shriek of outrage made the rafters ring.

  • If mere quaintness of design be desired, is there not already the Dachshund!

    Three Men on the Bummel

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Oh, well, of course it has been short too, summers always are; like the dachshund!

    The Merryweathers

    Laura E. Richards

  • It was very nice to have the Prince asking after your dachshund's cough, but she had got past that.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • He pointed to the dachshund, and added, in his ordinary tone, "That's him."


    Booth Tarkington

British Dictionary definitions for dachshund



a long-bodied short-legged breed of dog

Word Origin for dachshund

C19: from German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog, hound 1
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Word Origin and History for dachshund

1881, from German Dachshund (15c.), from Dachs (Old High German dahs, 11c.) "badger" (perhaps literally "builder;" see texture) + Hund "dog" (see hound (n.)).

Probably so called because the dogs were used in badger hunts, their long, thin bodies bred to burrow into setts. French taisson, Spanish texon, tejon, Italian tasso are Germanic loan words.

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