- one of a group of related dogs including the Doberman pinscher, miniature pinscher, and affenpinscher.
Origin of pinscher
First recorded in 1925–30; by shortening
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1926, from German Pinscher, also Pinsch, probably from English pinch, in reference to its "clipped" ears.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper