spaniel

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French espaigneul (modern French épagneul), from Latin Hispāniolus ‎(Spanish), from Hispānia ‎(Spain).

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spaniel ‎(plural spaniels)

  1. Any of various small breeds of gun dog having a broad muzzle, long, wavy fur and long ears that hang at the side of the head, bred for flushing and retrieving game.
  2. A cringing, fawning person.
    • 1595: Shakespeare, William, The Two Gentlemen of Verona Act IV, Scene II
      Proteus: Yet, spaniel-like, the more she spurns my love,/The more it grows and fawneth on her still.

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Verb[edit]

spaniel ‎(third-person singular simple present spaniels, present participle spanielling or spanieling, simple past and past participle spanielled or spanieled)

  1. To follow loyally or obsequiously, like a spaniel.
    • 1606: Shakespeare, William, The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
      Antony: Do we shake hands.—All come to this!—The hearts / That spaniel'd me at heels, to whom I gave / Their wishes, do discandy, melt their sweets
    • 1840, J. Sedgewick, Timon, but not of Athens, page 200:
      Always spanielling at the heels of power, the mitred Dignitaries displayed, from first to last, the most rancorous hostility against her.
    • 2000, David S. Bell, Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France, ISBN 185973376X, page 30:
      Hence Duverger's famous question about de Gaulle's first spanielling Prime Minister makes political ('M. Debré, existe-t-il?'), but not constitutional sense.
    • 2003, Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn, The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, ISBN 0521016576, page 65:
      The genre which differed from the world in order to advocate a better one - or the genre which spanielled at heel the sensationalist virtual reality world we will now arguably inhabit till the planet dies - had become by 2000, in triumpth or defeat or both, an institution for the telling of story.

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Noun[edit]

spaniel m (plural spaniels)

  1. spaniel (any of several dog breeds bred to flush out game)