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ˈmæs tɪf, ˈmɑ stɪfmas·tiff

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mastiffnoun

    an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog


  1. mastiffnoun

    One of several large breeds of dog (such as bulldogs and Saint Bernards), often used as guard dogs

    Etymology: An aberrant derivation from mastin (modern mâtin), from *, from mansuetus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mastiffnoun

    a breed of large dogs noted for strength and courage. There are various strains, differing in form and color, and characteristic of different countries

    Etymology: [Prob. fr. Prov. E. masty, adj., large, n., a great dog, prob. fr. mast fruit, and hence, lit., fattened with mast. There is perh. confusion with OF. mestif mongrel; cf. also F. mtin mastiff, OF. mastin.]


  1. Mastiff

    Mastiff is an American publisher of video games, with offices located in both Tokyo and San Francisco. The executive staff includes Bill Swartz, Mika Hayashi, Danny Hammett and Charles Van.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mastiff

    mas′tif, n. a thick-set and powerful variety of dog much used as a watch-dog. [Skeat follows Scheler and Diez in explaining mastiff as 'house-dog,' from an assumed O. Fr. mastif, prob. a variant of O. Fr. mastin (Fr. mâtin)—Low L. masnata, a family—L. mansion-em, a house. Others explain as O. Fr. mestif (Fr. métif), of mixed breed, mongrel, or O. Fr. mestis (métis), mongrel, or even as the above O. Fr. mastin (Fr. mâtin), all, through Low L. forms, from L. mixtus, mistus, miscēre, to mix.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mastiff in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mastiff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mastiff in a Sentence

  1. John Selden:

    He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff-dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you as finely as may be, he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.

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