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water dog

a dog that swims well or is trained to retrieve waterfowl in hunting.
Informal. a person who feels at home in or on the water.
Origin of water dog
1300-50; Middle English


or water dog

[waw-ter-dawg, -dog, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg, ˈwɒt ər-/
any of several large salamanders, as a mudpuppy or hellbender.
1855-60; water + dog Unabridged
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  • He came up shaking himself like a water dog, but was careful to make as little noise as possible.

  • He wasn't what is commonly called a water dog; and he was very fierce to children generally.

  • He soused his head now in the miniature basin and shook it like a water dog.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The little water dog comes from the small spaniel and the water dog.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume V (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • In my holiday trips I had a companion, my cousin Priscilla, who was, if the term be permissible; as great a water dog as myself.

    Jethou E. R. Suffling
  • The old man hung on and so did the others, but he was mad, a-cussing and swearing and spitting water like a water dog.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • "She is not a water dog," explained Mr. Lavender to the three soldiers in blue clothes.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for water dog

water dog

a dog trained to hunt in water
(informal) a dog or person who enjoys going in or on the water
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