What does the word spaniel mean?

Usage examples for spaniel

  1. Bill nodded, towering like some good- natured St. Bernard over a mild- eyed water spaniel. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  2. Hugh assumed the expression my spaniel puts on when he meets a dog bigger than himself- an expression of extreme earnestness of purpose combined with a desire to look neither to the right nor to the left, but to get along as fast as he can. – The Professional Aunt by Mary C.E. Wemyss
  3. Had not the noble bird been grievously wounded he would have defied the utmost exertions of the little spaniel, but as it was, he could only get for a moment out of the reach of his pursuer by a violent effort, which only left him more exhausted. – The Bushman Life in a New Country by Edward Wilson Landor