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spaniel

[span-yuh l] /ˈspæn yəl/
noun
1.
one of any of several breeds of small or medium-sized dogs, usually having a long, silky coat and long, drooping ears.
2.
a submissive, fawning, or cringing person.
Origin of spaniel
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English spaynel < Old French espaignol Spanish (dog), derivative of Espaigne Spain
Related forms
spaniellike, adjective
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  • The spaniel, resentment forgotten, danced excitedly beside him and barked continuously.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • As one of his friends said of him, he was “either a lion or a spaniel.”

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • The spaniel held the great dog in awe, and never but once was known to go to the stable to see him.

    Minnie's Pet Dog Madeline Leslie
  • She was indeed like a spaniel dog who sees her master coming.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • I turned to Mrs. Gisburn, who had lingered to give a lump of sugar to her spaniel in the dining-room.

  • And going abruptly to the bell, he trod on his spaniel's ear.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Mr. Pendyce went out at half-past ten accompanied by his bailiff and the spaniel John.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • At these words the spaniel John rose from his corner and advanced to the middle of the floor.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • The Picard spaniel is a little lighter than the old spaniel.

  • Can the greyhound be trained to the pointer's scent or the spaniel to the bulldog's ferocity?

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
British Dictionary definitions for spaniel

spaniel

/ˈspænjəl/
noun
1.
any of several breeds of gundog with long drooping ears, a silky coat, and formerly a docked tail See clumber spaniel, cocker spaniel, field spaniel, springer spaniel, Sussex spaniel, water spaniel
2.
either of two toy breeds of spaniel See King Charles spaniel
3.
an obsequiously devoted person
Word Origin
C14: from Old French espaigneul Spanish (dog), from Old Provençal espanhol, ultimately from Latin Hispāniolus Spanish
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Word Origin and History for spaniel
n.

13c., as a surname meaning "Spaniard;" as a name for a breed of dog of Spanish origin, late 14c., from Old French espagneul, literally "Spanish (dog)," from Vulgar Latin *Hispaniolus "of Spain," diminutive of Latin Hispanus "Spanish, Hispanic" (see Spaniard).

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