Definition of spaniel in English:

spaniel

Line breaks: span|iel
Pronunciation: /ˈspanj(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 1A dog of a breed with a long silky coat and drooping ears.
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    • In the Middle Ages, a type of spaniel was bred, the ancestor of some of our modern spaniels, that would naturally crouch when it located game.
    • I have also seen under-exercised dogs, spaniels in particular, lie around in a depressed and emotionally blackmailing way, glancing with sad brown eyes out of the window until you give in and throw yourself into a gale force 9.
    • The feet should be examined daily, especially the hairy types of dog such as spaniels, for the presence of thorns.
  • 1.1Used as a symbol of devotion or obsequiousness: [as modifier]: oh stop looking at me with those spaniel eyes

Origin

Middle English: from Old French espaigneul 'Spanish (dog)', from Latin Hispaniolus 'Spanish'.

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