terrier


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ter·ri·er

 (tĕr′ē-ər)
n.
A dog of any of various typically small, active breeds originally developed for driving game from burrows.

[Middle English, from Old French (chien) terrier, ground (dog), terrier, from Medieval Latin terrārius, of the earth, from Latin terra; see ters- in Indo-European roots.]

terrier

(ˈtɛrɪə)
n
(Breeds) any of several usually small, active, and short-bodied breeds of dog, originally trained to hunt animals living underground
[C15: from Old French chien terrier earth dog, from Medieval Latin terrārius belonging to the earth, from Latin terra earth]

terrier

(ˈtɛrɪə)
n
(Historical Terms) English legal history a register or survey of land
[C15: from Old French, from Medieval Latin terrārius of the land, from Latin terra land]

Terrier

(ˈtɛrɪə)
n
(Military) informal a member of the British Army's Territorial and Volunteer Reserve

ter•ri•er

(ˈtɛr i ər)

n.
any of several breeds of usu. small dogs, used orig. to pursue game and drive it out of its hole or burrow.
[1400–50; late Middle English terrere < Anglo-French; Middle French (chien) terrier literally, earth dog < Medieval Latin]

terrier

  • whippet - A cross between a greyhound and a terrier.
  • terrier - A dog that "takes the earth" or unearths its prey, from Latin terra, "earth."
  • Dobermann, pinscher - Dobermanns are named for German dog breeder Ludwig Dobermann; pinscher means "terrier" in German.
  • Jack Russell - A type of terrier—not recognized as a distinct breed— named for the Rev. John Russell (1795-1883) of Devonshire.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terrier - any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living undergroundterrier - any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground
hunting dog - a dog used in hunting game
bull terrier, bullterrier - a powerful short-haired terrier originated in England by crossing the bulldog with terriers
Bedlington terrier - a light terrier groomed to resemble a lamb
Border terrier - small rough-coated terrier of British origin
Kerry blue terrier - an Irish breed of medium-sized terriers with a silky blue-grey coat
Irish terrier - medium-sized breed with a wiry brown coat; developed in Ireland
Norfolk terrier - English breed of small terrier with a straight wiry grizzled coat and dropped ears
Norwich terrier - English breed of small short-legged terrier with a straight wiry red or grey or black-and-tan coat and erect ears
Yorkshire terrier - very small breed having a long glossy coat of bluish-grey and tan
rat terrier, ratter - any of several breeds of terrier developed to catch rats
fox terrier - small lively black-and-white terriers formerly used to dig out foxes
wirehair, wirehaired terrier, wire-haired terrier - a terrier with wiry hair
Airedale, Airedale terrier - breed of large wiry-coated terrier bred in Yorkshire
cairn terrier, cairn - small rough-haired breed of terrier from Scotland
Australian terrier - small greyish wire-haired breed of terrier from Australia similar to the cairn
Dandie Dinmont, Dandie Dinmont terrier - a breed of small terrier with long wiry coat and drooping ears
Boston bull, Boston terrier - small pug-faced American terrier breed having a smooth brindle or black coat with white markings
schnauzer - old German breed of sturdy black or greyish wire-haired terriers having a blunt muzzle ranging in size from fairly small to very large; used as ratters and guard dogs or police dogs
Scotch terrier, Scottie, Scottish terrier - old Scottish breed of small long-haired usually black terrier with erect tail and ears
chrysanthemum dog, Tibetan terrier - breed of medium-sized terriers bred in Tibet resembling Old English sheepdogs with fluffy curled tails
silky terrier, Sydney silky - Australian breed of toy dogs having a silky blue coat
Skye terrier - Scottish breed of terrier with shaggy hair and long low body with short legs; native to the Isle of Skye
soft-coated wheaten terrier - Irish breed of medium-sized terrier with an abundant coat any shade of wheat and very hairy head and muzzle
West Highland white terrier - small white long-coated terrier developed in Scotland
Lhasa apso, Lhasa - a breed of terrier having a long heavy coat raised in Tibet as watchdogs
Translations
كَلْبٌ تَرِيَركَلْب صَيْد صَغير
teriér
terrier
terrieri
terijer
terrier
terríer
テリア
테리어
terjeras
terjers
teriér
terrier
chó sục

terrier

[ˈterɪəʳ] Nterrier m

terrier

[ˈtɛriər] n (= dog) → terrier m (chien)

terrier

nTerrier m

terrier

[ˈtɛrɪəʳ] nterrier m inv

terrier

(ˈteriə) noun
any of several breeds of small dog. a fox-terrier.

terrier

كَلْبٌ تَرِيَر teriér terrier Terrier τεριέ terrier terrieri fox-terrier terijer terrier テリア 테리어 terriër terrier terier cão terrier терьер terrier สุนัขขนาดเล็กพันธุ์หนึ่งเมื่อก่อนใช้เป็นสุนัขล่าเนื้อ teriyer chó sục 小猎犬
References in classic literature ?
On a thick green rug stretched in front of the fireplace, a fox terrier lay blinking at the wood fire.
Old Mother Hubbard was boosting me to beat the band as a genuine Pomeranian-Hambletonian-Red-Irish-Cochin-China-Stoke-Pogis fox terrier.
SHAMEFUL CONDUCT OF A FOX TERRIER AT THE CIVIL SERVICE STORES.
Ginger was a yellow tom-cat, and Pickles was a terrier.
Now would you mind going down and fetching that poor little devil of a terrier which has been bad so long, and which the landlady wanted you to put out of its pain yesterday.
An Irish terrier, with no personal bias towards either side, was dancing round and attacking each in turn as he came uppermost.
So your grave, middle-aged family practitioner vanishes into thin air, my dear Watson, and there emerges a young fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the possessor of a favourite dog, which I should describe roughly as being larger than a terrier and smaller than a mastiff.
He clasped the dear little terrier in his arms; and then we noticed that there was a sausage adhering to its tail.
Before this remonstrance was finished, Maggie was already out of hearing, making her way toward the great attic that run under the old high-pitched roof, shaking the water from her black locks as she ran, like a Skye terrier escaped from his bath.
Here he is,' said Jerry, producing a little terrier from his pocket.
when I took my wife along on the cruise of the Minota, we found on board a nigger-chasing, adorable Irish terrier puppy, who was smooth-coated like Jerry, and whose name was Peggy.
The man had dropped the book face-downward on the cabin and reached for the line, while the woman looked up from her sewing, and the terrier began to bark.