Definition of beagle in English:

beagle

noun

  • A small hound of a breed with a short coat, used for hunting hares.

    • ‘I visited New York recently and on landing at Newark airport was taken through a customs hall where a beagle dog was eagerly examining luggage.’
    • ‘Gun dogs, beagles, carriage horses and staghounds are highly trained and strictly controlled: they are also meticulously presented and in a certain measure put on display.’
    • ‘Huntsmen from as far away Middletown joined others from Limerick and Kerry with a large pack of beagles.’
    • ‘For example, the beagle is a hunting dog and was trained to bark when it spotted the prey.’
    • ‘Our beagle mix puppy is almost two, so I'm running out of time to blame this on ‘puppyhood.’’
    • ‘Jake's dad has two twin little girls with red hair, and a little beagle for a dog.’
    • ‘It will then be compared to small amounts of sequence from 10 to 20 other breeds, including the beagle, to study genetic variation within the canine species.’
    • ‘Like the panthers, and lion, and jaguars, there are huskies, beagles, greyhounds, danes, rottweiler, and a few others.’
    • ‘His daughter, Elizabeth I, often took beagles to the hunting field in baskets attached to the horses' saddles.’
    • ‘It is regarded by many as the most prestigious fell hound show there is, with classes for beagles, harriers, Jack Russell's and terriers.’
    • ‘The guard's interrogatory was cut short as a beagle began tearing at his trouser leg.’
    • ‘Because beagles were bred as a pack animals, they are inclined to get along well with other dogs - and with cats, too.’
    • ‘Animal rights activists are set to launch a legal campaign against the Home Office over its examination of welfare standards at a centre which breeds beagles for medical research.’
    • ‘Areas of disagreement is that the impact of hunting with hounds and beagles, we are not actually quite clear whether they have any significant impact on hare numbers overall.’
    • ‘Like most dogs, beagles are capable of detecting many different types of odors.’
    • ‘The date is also traditionally the first day of hunting meets and foxhounds, lurchers, greyhounds, beagles, minkhounds, terriers and other hunting dogs will all be taken along to Higham.’
    • ‘The beagles and hounds would have to be killed and all you animal rights people out there would never be happy.’
    • ‘We therefore investigated the allelic variations of the DRD4 gene in the beagle and Shetland sheepdog, as well as in the golden retriever and shiba.’
    • ‘They released their hounds by a wood, and soon the dogs had picked up the trail of a fox; a beagle sounded the alarm and the rest of the dogs came running, keeping the trail fresh.’
    • ‘Another Doberman, two beagles, a chihuahua, a Finnish spitz, a Westie and a retriever will also be travelling up with their owners to the competition on March 6 to 9.’
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verb

[NO OBJECT]usually as noun beagling
  • Hunt with beagles:

    ‘he used to go beagling’
    • ‘After the recent revelations of Marlborough College boys involved in twice-a-week beagling, clearly it is time to close the loopholes in the Hunting Bill and put it forward as a total ban on live animal hunting.’
    • ‘As we have heard, nor, I think, really does beagling take place as far as I can gather in order to cull hares.’
    • ‘This means that all forms of hare hunting - beagling, harrying and hare coursing - will be illegal in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘He was interested in gardening, literature, music, cricket, polo, fox hunting, and beagling.’
    • ‘And 77-year-old Trevor Masters, of Summerbridge, who has been beagling for 60 years said: ‘Hunting rabbits will not be the same.’’
    • ‘As well as playing golf Steve has a passionate interest in beagling and was no mean footballer.’
    • ‘Unlike some of your recent correspondents I shall be saddened to see the law banning not just fox hunting, but also stag and mink hunting, hare coursing and beagling come into place in February.’

Origin

Late 15th century: perhaps from Old French beegueule open-mouthed, from beer open wide + gueule throat.

Pronunciation

beagle

/ˈbiːɡ(ə)l/