Meaning of beagle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbiːɡl/

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, the beagle is a hunting dog and was trained to bark when it spotted the prey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because beagles were bred as a pack animals, they are inclined to get along well with other dogs - and with cats, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The guard's interrogatory was cut short as a beagle began tearing at his trouser leg.’
    • ‘It is regarded by many as the most prestigious fell hound show there is, with classes for beagles, harriers, Jack Russell's and terriers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His daughter, Elizabeth I, often took beagles to the hunting field in baskets attached to the horses' saddles.’
    • ‘The beagles and hounds would have to be killed and all you animal rights people out there would never be happy.’
    • ‘Like the panthers, and lion, and jaguars, there are huskies, beagles, greyhounds, danes, rottweiler, and a few others.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jake's dad has two twin little girls with red hair, and a little beagle for a dog.’
    • ‘Like most dogs, beagles are capable of detecting many different types of odors.’
    • ‘Our beagle mix puppy is almost two, so I'm running out of time to blame this on ‘puppyhood.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Huntsmen from as far away Middletown joined others from Limerick and Kerry with a large pack of beagles.’
    • ‘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.’


[no object]
  • Hunt with beagles.

    ‘he used to go beagling’
    • ‘He was interested in gardening, literature, music, cricket, polo, fox hunting, and beagling.’
    • ‘This means that all forms of hare hunting - beagling, harrying and hare coursing - will be illegal in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘And 77-year-old Trevor Masters, of Summerbridge, who has been beagling for 60 years said: ‘Hunting rabbits will not be the same.’’
    • ‘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 well as playing golf Steve has a passionate interest in beagling and was no mean footballer.’
    • ‘As we have heard, nor, I think, really does beagling take place as far as I can gather in order to cull hares.’
    • ‘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.’


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