beagle definition

  • noun:
    • One of a breed of tiny hounds having quick legs, drooping ears, and a smooth layer with white, black colored, and tan markings.
    • a little short-legged smooth-coated hound, usually employed for searching hares. Usually tri-coloured, its friendly disposition makes it ideal as a family group animal.
    • somebody who snoops on other people; a detective.
    • a little hound, or looking puppy, twelve to fifteen inches large, found in shopping hares also little game. See Example in Appendix.
    • Fig.: A spy or investigator; a constable.
    • a little hound, previously held to hunt hares, now very nearly superseded because of the harrier, which is sometimes called by this title.
    • therefore Figuratively, person who tends to make a small business of scenting out or hunting down (people or thing); a spy; a bailiff or sheriff's officer.
    • A local name for several types of small sharks.
    • a tiny short-legged smooth-coated strain of hound
  • verb:
    • To hunt with beagles.

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