or dog catch·er

[ dawg-kach-er, dog- ]
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  1. a person employed by a municipal pound, humane society, or the like, to find and impound stray or homeless dogs, cats, etc.

Origin of dogcatcher

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; dog + catcher
  • Rarely animal warden . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dogcatcher in a sentence

  • She attacked them for trying to tell candidates what to say even though "they are not willing, or able, to run for dog catcher."

    Sarah Palin: Still Bitter | Noah Kristula-Green | February 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Have confidence in everything you do, even when you eat sausages at a quick lunch next door to the dog-catcher.

    Supreme Personality | Delmer Eugene Croft
  • If he looks as if a dog-catcher had spat him out on the street, then, with such women-folks, he needn't be afraid of a prince!

    Pandora's Box | Frank Wedekind
  • Then a dog catcher was hired, warnings were posted, and the stray dogs were gathered up and mysteriously disposed of.

    The Dogs of Boytown | Walter A. Dyer
  • Im afraid, said Mr. Maclin, that the dog-catcher has caught the little brown dog.

British Dictionary definitions for dog-catcher


  1. mainly US and Canadian a local official whose job is to catch and impound stray dogs, cats, etc

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