• The faithful spaniel
    The faithful spaniel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spaniel any of several breeds of small to medium-sized gun dogs with a long silky coat and long frilled ears
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Barbara Bush's book about her English Springer Spaniel, Millie's book, was on the bestseller list for 29 weeks. Millie was the most popular "First Dog" in history.
    • Spaniel A cringing, fawning person.
    • a Spaniel Cringing; fawning.
    • Spaniel (Zoöl) One of a breed of small dogs having long and thick hair and large drooping ears. The legs are usually strongly feathered, and the tail bushy. See Illust. under Clumber, and Cocker. "As a spaniel she will on him leap."
    • v. i Spaniel To fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious.
    • v. t Spaniel To follow like a spaniel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spaniel A dog of a domestic breed, of medium and small sizes, with a long silky and usually curly coat, long, soft, drooping ears, feathered tail and stern, of docile, timid, and affectionate disposition, much used for sporting purposes and as pets. The most usual colors are liver and white, red and white, or black and white, in broken or massed areas, sometimes deep brown or black on the face or breast, with a tan mark over the eye. Spaniels sport or are bred into many strains, and three classes of them are sometimes distinguished: land- or field-spaniels, including the cocker and springer: water-spaniels; and toy spaniels, as the King Charles and the Blenheim. The English spaniel is a superior and very pure breed; and, although the name spaniel would seem to indicate a Spanish origin, it is most probably indigenous. This dog was used in the days of falconry to start the game. The King Charles is a small black-and-tan variety of the spaniel; the Blenheim is similar, but white marked with red or yellow; both should have a rounded head with short muzzle, full eyes, and well-friuged ears and feet. The Maltese dog and the lion-dog are also small toy spaniels, used as lap-dogs. The water-spaniels, large and small, differ from the common spaniel in the roughness of their coats, and in uniting the aquatic propensities of the Newfoundland dog with the fine hunting qualities of their own race. Leading strains of the springers are the Clumber, Norfolk, and Sussex, in different colors.
    • n spaniel Figuratively, a mean, cringing, fawning person; a blindly submissive follower: from the characteristics of the spaniel in relation to its master, or when in a state of fear.
    • spaniel Like a spaniel; fawningly submissive; mean; servile; cringing.
    • spaniel To fawn; cringe; be obsequious.
    • spaniel To follow like a spaniel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spaniel span′yel a kind of dog, usually liver-and-white coloured, or black-and-white, with large pendent ears
    • adj Spaniel (Shak.) like a spaniel, fawning, mean
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. espagneul, F. épagneul, espagnol, Spanish, Sp. españnol, fr. España, Spain, from L. Hispania,


In literature:

Don, the spaniel, begins to whine and fret, to put his paws on the bulwarks and bark toward a spot on the shore.
"If You Touch Them They Vanish" by Gouverneur Morris
A minute after, and out of the hamper jumped a beautiful little black and white spaniel.
"Odd" by Amy Le Feuvre
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
On a broad hearth, paved with brick, lay some of the choicest terriers, hounds and spaniels.
"Book-Lovers, Bibliomaniacs and Book Clubs" by Henry H. Harper
Sylphide, the spaniel in question, was in sooth well calculated to make havoc in hearts susceptible to canine charms.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
The idea of his serving his country is about as absurd as hunting bears with toy spaniels.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
It happened that her mistress possessed a valuable little black spaniel, which had a litter of five puppies.
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
There is no stevedore and no spaniel in the whole book, as I had carefully ascertained.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 18, 1914" by Various
He felt like a spaniel about to retrieve a lion.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
We have a pointer, a water-spaniel, and a retriever.
"The New Forest Spy" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Perish shall all which takes
From labor's board and can;
Perish shall all which makes
A spaniel of the man!
"Astraea" by John Greenleaf Whittier
My hands and head for use are free,
Nor does my own life worry me,
But docile as a spaniel waits
Until this present stress abates.
"The Waiting Life" by Dorothea Mackellar
Then, close at hand, on lowly haunches set,
With pricked up, tasseled ear,
Is Tony, little cleared-eyed spaniel pet,
Waiting, like them, to hear.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
Your children are objects of pity,
Aristocracy christen them "brats;"
They are kicked here and there o’er the city
Like spaniels or troublesome rats!
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
I 'VE something of the bulldog in my breed,
The spaniel is developed rather less,
While life is in me I can fight and bleed,
But never the chastising hand caress.
"To A. Patchett Martin" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
The very silken spaniel seems Of quiet ease to tell,
As near its mistress' feet it dreams, Sunk in a cushion's swell;
And smiles seem native to the eyes Of those sweet children, three;
They have but looked on tranquil skies, And know not misery.
"Gilbert" by Charlotte Bronte

In news:

Spaniel (mix) Age: 8 wks Gender: Female Altered: Yes Ref.
Bizzy is a 8 week old spaniel mix.
This is our 6 month old, today, cocker spaniel puppy.
Nicky is a 3-year-old neutered male cocker spaniel .
The ever-changing Spaniels created a doo-wop musical legacy.
I'm a beeeeeautiful female springer spaniel.
Spaniel survives 300ft cliff plunge.
According to American Kennel Club statistics, Sussex spaniels are less common than 144 other breeds.
Sommer said Sussex spaniels can live to be 15.
Shelter seeks home for ailing spaniel mix.
Spaniel dog up for adoption.
Opinions differ on the length of time that the Welsh Springer Spaniel has been designated as a pure breed.
At 10, a Sussex spaniel called Stump became the oldest best in show winner at America's top canine competition, coming out of retirement last week and taking the big prize Tuesday night.
I thought The water spaniel was always a beautiful and fun breed.
Our Springer Spaniel on the boat resting till his next swim.