spitz

[spits]
noun
  1. any of several dogs having a stocky body, a thick coat, erect, pointed ears, and a tail curved over the back, as a chow chow, Pomeranian, or Samoyed.

Origin of spitz

First recorded in 1835–45, spitz is from the German word spitz pointed

Spitz

[spits]
noun
  1. Mark (Andrew),born 1950, U.S. swimmer: winner of seven gold medals in 1972 summer Olympic Games.
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Contemporary Examples of spitz

  • In January 1948, Spitz again fell under suspicion for his role in the looting of art in Europe during the war.

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    Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner

    September 20, 2014

  • On 18 May, Spitz led Moore to Prien, where they located a large collection of trunks and crates belonging to Schwend.

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    September 20, 2014

  • Spitz impressed Michaelis as “reliable, trustworthy and intelligent… [and] willing to cooperate.”

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    September 20, 2014

  • In an effort to get Schwend to talk, Michaelis took Spitz to Stadelhelm prison.

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  • In this capacity, Spitz provided information on the German Red Cross and the Bavarian Separatist Movement in southern Germany.

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Historical Examples of spitz


British Dictionary definitions for spitz

spitz

noun
  1. any of various breeds of dog characterized by very dense hair, a stocky build, a pointed muzzle, erect ears, and a tightly curled tail

Word Origin for spitz

C19: from German, from spitz pointed

Spitz

noun
  1. Mark. born 1950, US swimmer, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games
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Word Origin and History for spitz

Spitz

n.

breed of small Pomeranian dog, 1842, from German Spitz (occasionally Spitzhund), from spitz "pointed" (see spit (n.)). So called from the shape of its muzzle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper