Definition of beagle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbēɡəl/


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A small sturdy hound of a breed with a coat of medium length, bred especially for hunting.
Example sentences
  • Areas of disagreement is that the impact of hunting with hounds and beagles, we are not actually quite clear whether they have any significant impact on hare numbers overall.
  • For example, the beagle is a hunting dog and was trained to bark when it spotted the prey.
  • The date is also traditionally the first day of hunting meets and foxhounds, lurchers, greyhounds, beagles, minkhounds, terriers and other hunting dogs will all be taken along to Higham.



Pronunciation: /-ɡ(ə)lər/
Example sentences
  • The beaglers I used to run across South Yorkshire with were mostly unemployed and retired foundry workers from Sheffield's steelworks.
  • In the same way beaglers enjoy running with the dogs.
  • Friday around noon beaglers from across the country start showing up ready to trade dogs and swap lies.


Late 15th century: perhaps from Old French beegueule 'open-mouthed', from beer 'open wide' + gueule 'throat'.

Words that rhyme with beagle

eagle, illegal, legal, paralegal, regal, spread eagle, viceregal
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