sniffer dog

[ snif-er dawg, dog ]
/ ˈsnɪf ər ˌdɔg, ˌdɒg /
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a dog trained to find illegal drugs or explosives by smell.
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Origin of sniffer dog

First recorded in 1960–65

Words nearby sniffer dog

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How to use sniffer dog in a sentence

  • As part of an ongoing screening trial, sniffer dogs in England were trained to recognize a scent produced by infected patients that is not detectable by the human nose.

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  • The “entire compound is surrounded by a 4 meter high perimeter wall,” and features five guard towers as well as sniffer dogs stationed at entry and exit points, according to The Baron’s website.

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British Dictionary definitions for sniffer dog

sniffer dog

a police dog trained to detect drugs or explosives by smell
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