[dawg-kach-er, dog-]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of dog-catcher

  • Never will there come even a dog-catcher Ulysses to remove the spell.

  • There is a perfect water system, fire-brigade with fire stations where the firemen sleep, police, and a dog-catcher.

  • He's just naturally mean and cranky, and when he found Grit wandering about the street he probably notified a dog-catcher.

  • Its visible inhabitants would have astounded a census-taker or a dog-catcher.

  • Im afraid, said Mr. Maclin, that the dog-catcher has caught the little brown dog.

British Dictionary definitions for dog-catcher



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