mastiff


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mas·tiff

 (măs′tĭf)
n.
A dog of a large powerful breed developed in England as a guard dog, having a large head, short black muzzle, and short often fawn-colored coat.

[Middle English mastif, alteration (perhaps influenced by Old French mestif, mongrel) of Old French mastin, from Vulgar Latin *(canis) mānsuētīnus, tame (dog), from Latin mānsuētus, past participle of mānsuēscere, to tame : manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots + suēscere, to accustom; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

mastiff

(ˈmæstɪf)
n
(Breeds) an old breed of large powerful short-haired dog, usually fawn or brindle with a dark mask
[C14: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mansuētus tame; see mansuetude]

mas•tiff

(ˈmæs tɪf, ˈmɑ stɪf)

n.
one of a breed of large, powerful shorthaired dogs having an apricot, fawn, or brindled coat and a dark muzzle.
[1300–50; perhaps from Anglo-French masti(n)s, pl. of Old French mastin < Vulgar Latin *ma(n)suētīnus, derivative of Latin mansuētus tame (see mansuetude)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mastiff - an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dogmastiff - an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog
working dog - any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
Tibetan mastiff - very large powerful rough-coated dog native to central Asia
Translations
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mastif
mastiff
roþhundryþþa
mastiffi
מסטיף
masztiffszelindek
hundategund
マスチフマスティフ
canis Anglicuscanis villaticus
mastifas
mastifs, angļu dogs
mastiff
mastif
mastı

mastiff

[ˈmæstɪf] Nmastín m, alano m

mastiff

[ˈmæstɪf] nmastiff m

mastiff

nDogge f

mastiff

[ˈmæstɪf] nmastino

mastiff

(ˈmӕstif) noun
a type of powerful dog, formerly used in hunting.
References in classic literature ?
The mastiff shook his head, growled hoarsely, and plunged at White Fang.
A Mastiff, dressed in a scarlet collar, and carrying a musket, was pacing up and down, like a sentinel, in front of the entrance.
His advanced age had long before deprived him of his activity; and when his companions stopped to view the scenery, or to add to their bouquets, the mastiff would lay his huge frame on the ground and await their movements, with his eyes closed, and a listlessness in his air that ill accorded with the character of a protector.
His mother had told him over and over how his master would give him to the big mastiff if he ever found him `meddling.
In the fifth and last place, outside the stable in which Doctor Dulcifer's blood mare lived in luxurious solitude, was a dog-kennel with a large mastiff chained to it night and day.
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.
I walked with intrepidity five or six times before the very head of the cat, and came within half a yard of her; whereupon she drew herself back, as if she were more afraid of me: I had less apprehension concerning the dogs, whereof three or four came into the room, as it is usual in farmers' houses; one of which was a mastiff, equal in bulk to four elephants, and another a greyhound, somewhat taller than the mastiff, but not so large.
And at the bottom, quite in the shade, where the details are absorbed in the obscurity, the mastiff, with his eyes glistening like carbuncles, and shaking his chain, on which the double light from the lamp of Rosa and the lantern of Gryphus threw a brilliant glitter.
Betteredge, the mastiff and the bloodhound have one great merit-- they are not likely to be troubled with your scruples about the sanctity of human life.
Here is Don Kyrieleison of Montalvan, a valiant knight, and his brother Thomas of Montalvan, and the knight Fonseca, with the battle the bold Tirante fought with the mastiff, and the witticisms of the damsel Placerdemivida, and the loves and wiles of the widow Reposada, and the empress in love with the squire Hipolito- in truth, gossip, by right of its style it is the best book in the world.
The thing's body was as large as that of a full-grown mastiff, its legs were short and powerful, and its jaws broad and strong.
He made the rabbits' ears to lie back, an' it's nothin' but contrairiness to make 'em hing down like a mastiff dog's.