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 ?
For as the mightiest elephant is but a terrier to Leviathan, so, compared with Leviathan's tail, his trunk is but the stalk of a lily.
Hareton, recovering from his disgust at being taken for a servant, seemed moved by her distress; and, having fetched the pony round to the door, he took, to propitiate her, a fine crooked-legged terrier whelp from the kennel, and putting it into her hand, bid her whist
Tall, stout, and upright -- with bright blue eyes, and healthy, florid complexion -- his brown plush shooting-jacket carelessly buttoned awry; his vixenish little Scotch terrier barking unrebuked at his heels; one hand thrust into his waistcoat pocket, and the other smacking the banisters cheerfully as he came downstairs humming a tune -- Mr.
In the room over that, a little flabby terrier of a clerk with dangling hair (his cropping seemed to have been forgotten when he was a puppy) was similarly engaged with a man with weak eyes, whom Mr.
The sharp bark was the sign of an excited welcome that was awaiting them from a knowing brown terrier, who, after dancing at their legs in a hysterical manner, rushed with a worrying noise at a tortoise-shell kitten under the loom, and then rushed back with a sharp bark again, as much as to say, "I have done my duty by this feeble creature, you perceive"; while the lady-mother of the kitten sat sunning her white bosom in the window, and looked round with a sleepy air of expecting caresses, though she was not going to take any trouble for them.
A little bright-eyed terrier, you know, with oh, such long curly brown hair
Little Vixen, my fox terrier, went out through the other side; and then there was a roaring and a grunting and bubbling, and I saw the tent cave in, as the pole snapped, and begin to dance about like a mad ghost.
Ginger was a yellow tom-cat, and Pickles was a terrier.
Timothy's Bess, though retaining her maiden appellation among her familiars, had long been the wife of Sandy Jim, and possessed a handsome set of matronly jewels, of which it is enough to mention the heavy baby she was rocking in her arms, and the sturdy fellow of five in kneebreeches, and red legs, who had a rusty milk-can round his neck by way of drum, and was very carefully avoided by Chad's small terrier.
Besides these, there was a general rush from Richard’s kennel, accompanied with every canine tone from the howl of the wolf-dog to the petulant bark of the terrier.
I have been obliged to have some terrier dogs sent me from England to kill the rats.
Am I stepping about like a terrier on his hind legs?