Definitions for watchdogˈwɒtʃˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

watch•dogˈwɒtʃˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg(n.; v.)-dogged, -dog•ging.

  1. (n.)a dog kept to guard property.

  2. a watchful guardian:

    a watchdog of the public morals.

  3. (v.t.)to watch carefully, esp. so as to detect illegal or unethical conduct.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. watchdog(noun)

    a guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or waste

    "she is the global watchdog for human rights abuses"

  2. watchdog, guard dog(noun)

    a dog trained to guard property


  1. watchdog(Noun)

    a guard dog

  2. watchdog(Noun)

    a person or organization that monitors and publicizes the behavior of others (individuals, corporations, governments) to discover undesirable activity.

  3. watchdog(Verb)

    To perform a function analogous to a watchdog.

  4. watchdog(Verb)

    To guard and warn.

  5. Origin: From watch and dog.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Watchdog(noun)

    a dog kept to watch and guard premises or property, and to give notice of the approach of intruders


  1. Watchdog

    Watchdog is a BBC television series that investigates viewers' reports of problematic experiences with traders, retailers, and other companies around the UK. It has had great success in changing the awareness consumers have of their purchasing rights and in changing policies of companies, closing down businesses, and pushing for law changes. It is shown on BBC One and is available for online viewing or download via BBC iPlayer.

Anagrams of watchdog

  1. dog watch, dogwatch

  2. Dog watch

  3. Dogwatch

Translations for watchdog

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a dog which guards someone's property etc

We leave a watchdog in our office at night to scare away thieves.

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