What does terrier mean?

Definitions for terrierˈtɛr i ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. terrier(noun)

    any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground


  1. terrier(Noun)

    A dog from a group of small, lively breeds, originally bred for the hunting of burrowing prey such as rabbits or foxes.

  2. Origin: From Old French (Middle French) chien terrier "terrier dog", or literally "earth dog," from chien 'dog' + terrier (itself ultimately from terra 'earth')

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terrier(noun)

    an auger or borer

  2. Terrier(noun)

    one of a breed of small dogs, which includes several distinct subbreeds, some of which, such as the Skye terrier and Yorkshire terrier, have long hair and drooping ears, while others, at the English and the black-and-tan terriers, have short, close, smooth hair and upright ears

  3. Terrier(noun)

    formerly, a collection of acknowledgments of the vassals or tenants of a lordship, containing the rents and services they owed to the lord, and the like

  4. Terrier(noun)

    in modern usage, a book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described by their site, boundaries, number of acres, or the like


  1. Terrier

    A terrier is a dog of any one of many breeds or landraces of terrier type, which are typically small, wiry, very active and fearless dogs. Terrier breeds vary greatly in size from just a couple of pounds to over 70 pounds and are usually categorized by size or function. There are five different groups with each group having several different breeds.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Terrier

    ter′i-ėr, n. a name originally applied to any breed of dog used to burrow underground, but now applied to any small dog—varieties are the Fox terrier, Scotch terrier (sometimes Skye terrier), Dandie Dinmont (from the stout Borderer in Scott's 'Guy Mannering'), the Irish terrier, Bedlington, &c.: a hole or burrow where foxes, rabbits, &c. secure themselves. [Fr. terrierterre, the earth—L. terra.]

  2. Terrier

    ter′i-ėr, n. a register or roll of a landed estate. [O. Fr.,—L. terrariusterra, land.]

Editors Contribution

  1. terrier

    A type of small and medium size dog created in a variety of breed.

    My Nan has a yorkshire terrier and he is a peaceful, joyful dog, loves to go for walks and play with the chcildren.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrier in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Terry McAuliffe:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign in waiting, ‘Ready for Hillary,’ … is piggybacking off the winner of last week’s The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show to pitch some trinkets like dog collars and bowls. In the past, the group has featured a brown Boston terrier. But in a new email a beagle, like the show winner, is used.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    I introduced Vladimir Putin to Barney. You remember Barney ? Scottish terrier. I was crazy about the little guy, anyway, so Vladimir Putin kinda dissed Vladimir Putin. Kinda looked at Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Putin body language was,' You call that thing a dog ?' Kinda hurt my feelings, but of course I was President of the United States and couldn't let anybody know United States.

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