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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).]
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]
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]
Past participle: beagled