Definition of dogwhipper in US English:

dogwhipper

noun

  • (A) Formerly: an official employed to whip dogs out of a church or chapel. Now historical. (b) In later use: (English regional (chiefly northern)) a sexton, beadle.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. From dog + whipper.

Pronunciation

dogwhipper

/ˈdɒɡˌwɪpə/