Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
A small hound of a breed having short legs, drooping ears, and a smooth coat with white, black, and tan markings.
[Middle English begle, possibly from Old French bee gueule, loudmouth : beer, to gape (variant of baer; see bay2) + gueule, gullet (from Latin gula).]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Breeds) a small sturdy breed of hound, having a smooth dense coat usually of white, tan, and black; often used (esp formerly) for hunting hares
2. archaic a person who spies on others
(Hunting) (intr) to hunt with beagles, normally on foot
[C15: of uncertain origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
one of a breed of small, compact hounds with drooping ears and usu. a black, tan, and white coat.
[1490–1500; probably < Middle French beegueule one who whines insistently =beer to gape + gueule mouth; see gullet]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: beagled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
beagle[ˈbiːgl] N → sabueso m, beagle m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
beagle[ˈbiːgəl] n (= dog) → beagle m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Beagle m (englischer Spürhund)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
beagle[ˈbiːgl] n → bracchetto
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995