from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a breed of small hounds having short legs, drooping ears, and a smooth coat with white, black, and tan markings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small short-legged smooth-coated hound, often used for hunting hares. Often tri-coloured, its friendly disposition makes it suitable as a family pet.
- n. A person who snoops on others; a detective.
- v. To hunt with beagles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small hound, or hunting dog, twelve to fifteen inches high, used in hunting hares and other small game. See Illustration in Appendix.
- n. Fig.: A spy or detective; a constable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small hound, formerly kept to hunt hares, now almost superseded by the harrier, which is sometimes called by this name.
- n. Hence Figuratively, one who makes a business of scenting out or hunting down (a person or thing); a spy; a bailiff or sheriff's officer.
- n. A local name for several species of the smaller sharks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small short-legged smooth-coated breed of hound
Middle English begle, possibly from Old French bee gueule, loudmouth : beer, to gape (variant of baer; see bay2) + gueule, gullet (from Latin gula).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English begle. Origin uncertain, possibly from Middle French beegueule, from beer + gueule. The French bigle is from the English. (Wiktionary)