sleeve dog

  1. a very small Pekingese, usually under six pounds in weight and less than six inches (15 centimeters) tall.

Origin of sleeve dog

First recorded in 1890–95; so called because members of the Chinese and Japanese imperial courts carried such dogs in the voluminous sleeves of their garments

Words Nearby sleeve dog Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sleeve dog in a sentence

  • But his teeth were very different from the tender milk-teeth of the little sleeve-dog, who could not bite any one if he tried.

    Intimate China | Mrs. Archibald Little