Word of the Day Archive
Sunday June 27, 1999
The keeper entered leading his bandog, a large bloodhound, tied in a leam, or band, from which he takes his name.
-- Sir W. Scott
As fierce as a bandog that has newly broke his chain.'
-- Sir George Etherege, The Comical Revenge; or, Love in a Tub
He was usually spoken of as the bandog of Burgundy, or the Alsatian mastiff.
From Middle English bandogge, from band + dogge (dog).