dogcatcher

or dog catch·er

[ dawg-kach-er, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌkætʃ ər, ˈdɒg- /

noun

a person employed by a municipal pound, humane society, or the like, to find and impound stray or homeless dogs, cats, etc.

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Origin of dogcatcher

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; dog + catcher
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Example sentences from the Web for dogcatcher

  • In the background stands the dogcatcher's cart, attached to the famous kicking mule.

    Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
  • The dogcatcher's wagon is drawn up ready to rush forth, and the trained terrier which accompanies it is leaping with excitement.

    Pipefuls|Christopher Morley

British Dictionary definitions for dogcatcher

dog-catcher

noun

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