pit bull

or pit·bull

[ pit-bool ]

nounAlso called pit bull ter·rier [pit-bool ter-ee-er] /ˈpɪt ˌbʊl ˈtɛr i ər/ .
  1. a stocky, muscular dog with a broad skull and a smooth coat, belonging to an informal category of purebred and mixed-breed dogs that includes the American Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier, and sometimes the American bulldog or boxer.

  2. Also called A·mer·i·can pit bull ter·rier . American Staffordshire terrier.

Origin of pit bull

First recorded in 1925–30; pit1 (in the sense “enclosure for staging animal fights”) + bull(dog)
  • Also Informal, pit·tie [pit-ee], /ˈpɪt i/, pib·ble [pib-uhl] /ˈpɪb əl/ .

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