Definition of sea dog in English:

sea dog


  • 1informal An old or experienced sailor.

    • ‘Snarling, growling and oooh-arrghing like a shipwrecked salty sea dog, Jim quizzed Liz about her relationship to a Blackpool landlord.’
    • ‘We are accused of destroying children's innocence - as if the bloodthirsty verse about Romans, pirates, highwaymen and old sea dogs that I had to learn in the 1950s was so innocent.’
    • ‘The first step on my way to becoming the fearsome sea dog I am today was the recruitment of a particularly dastardly crew.’
    • ‘Sea captains are always crazy sea dogs with inexplicably bad teeth.’
    • ‘This is an interesting, insightful biography of a largely forgotten man who, though a veteran sea dogs with a distinguished record as a ship's captain, was a particularly capable administrator.’
    • ‘Tall tales were spelled aplenty amongst the old sea dogs during their retiring years.’
    • ‘Her name is Sky Whisper, and she pops in to check on us old sea dogs every few days or so.’
    • ‘It's a huge port town, with scruffy old sea dogs and one-eyed men with peg-legs and the like.’
    • ‘Anyway I have put the date in my diary and I am already looking forward to a few pints of ‘Old Bedwetter’ and some hoary old sea dog stories.’
    • ‘Though well meaning, King was temperamental and sometimes ill, a martinet sea dog who did not easily translate to ruling a fractious young colony.’
    • ‘The scum of the sea, briny sea dogs, buccaneers, pillagers, thieves, and murderers!’
    • ‘Dickens called it ‘the saltiest, roughest, most piratical little place’, and a whiff of the sea dog still hangs around its working harbour, narrow backstreets and unfeasibly tall houses.’
    seaman, seafarer, seafaring man, mariner
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  • 2Heraldry
    A mythical beast like a dog with fins, webbed feet, and a scaly tail.

    • ‘Although this was originally blazoned as a sea-dog, a sea-dog is unusual in that it has four legs and the fish tail.’
    • ‘Argent, a sea-dog rampant purpure breathing flames gules, a laurel wreath in canton purpure.’


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