or sheep dog

[ sheep-dawg, -dog ]

  1. a dog trained to herd and guard sheep.

Origin of sheepdog

First recorded in 1765–75; sheep + dog Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sheepdog in a sentence

  • Then he exerts himself like a sheep-dog and runs the whole crowd down the corridor and out into a couple of taxicabs.

    The Women of Tomorrow | William Hard
  • Davey rode into it, hustled the cows into the centre, and took the old sheep-dog up on his saddle.

    The Pioneers | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Mr. Traill brought out a second basin, and he remarked upon a sheep-dog's capacity for water.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • And he looked again at Jack Skehan's sheep-dog, who was licking his paws thoughtfully.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland
  • Redpad swung round, ears cocked, pad raised, but the still cold air of mid-January was silent but for the sheep-dog's bark.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland

British Dictionary definitions for sheepdog


/ (ˈʃiːpˌdɒɡ) /

  1. Also called: shepherd dog a dog used for herding sheep: See Border collie

  2. any of various breeds of dog reared originally for herding sheep: See Old English sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog

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