Spaniel Span"iel, n. [OF. espagneul, F. ['e]pagneul, espagnol Spanish, Sp. espa[~n]nol, fr. Espa[~n]a Spain, from L. Hispania.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster]

Note: There are several varieties of spaniels, some of which, known as field spaniels, are used in hunting; others are used for toy or pet dogs, as the Blenheim spaniel, and the King Charles spaniel (see under {Blenheim}). Of the field spaniels, the larger kinds are called springers, and to these belong the Sussex, Norfolk, and Clumber spaniels (see {Clumber}). The smaller field spaniels, used in hunting woodcock, are called cocker spaniels (see Cocker). Field spaniels are remarkable for their activity and intelligence. [1913 Webster]

As a spaniel she will on him leap. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A cringing, fawning person. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • Spaniel — Sm (eine Hunderasse) per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. spaniel, dieses aus afrz. espagneul, aus span. español spanisch .    Ebenso nndl. spaniel, ne. spaniel, nfrz. épagneul, nschw. spaniel, nnorw. spaniel. ✎ Ganz… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • spaniel — spaniél s. m., pl. spaniéli Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  SPANIÉL s. m. câine de vânătoare care stârneşte vânatul fără a face aret. (< germ. Spaniel, fr., engl. spaniel) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • Spaniel — Span iel, v. t. To follow like a spaniel. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spaniel — ● spaniel nom masculin (anglais spaniel, épagneul) Type de chien épagneul anglais …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Spaniel — Spaniel: Die im 19. Jh. aus dem Engl. übernommene Rassenbezeichnung für einen langhaarigen kleinen Jagd und Haushund (engl. spaniel) stammt aus gleichbed. afrz. espagneul (= frz. épagneul), das auf span. español (über das Vlat. aus lat. Hispanus… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Spaniel — Span iel, a. Cringing; fawning. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spaniel — Span iel, v. i. To fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious. [R.] Churchill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spanĭel — Spanĭel, Stöberhund, s. Hund, S. 647 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Spaniel — Spanĭel (engl., spr. spänn ), Hunderasse mit langem, rauhem Haar, langen, befederten Behängen und schöner Fahne, teils Jagd , teils Luxushunde; erstere unterschieden in Feld S. (Sussex , Clumber , schwarzer, Norfolk , Cocker S.) und Wasser S.… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • spaniel — (n.) 13c., as a surname meaning Spaniard; as a name for a breed of dog of Spanish origin, late 14c., from O.Fr. espagneul, lit. Spanish (dog), from V.L. *Hispaniolus of Spain, dim. of L. Hispanus Spanish, Hispanic (see SPANIARD (Cf. Spaniard)) …   Etymology dictionary