[m_ˈa_s_t_ɪ_f], [mˈastɪf], [mˈastɪf]

Definitions of mastiff:

  1.   A large and strong variety of dog much used as a watchdog. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   A large fierce dog. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   A breed of large, powerful dogs, valued chiefly as watchdogs. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   A large and strong variety of dog. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   A house- dog of great strength and courage. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for mastiff:

  1. Then, there's Martha, hospitality itself, and ready to fly at my enemies like a mastiff – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  2. Richard saw Goatley and set him to prepare the Mastiff for an immediate voyage. ” – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  3. “ Looks like a big mastiff sah, taking care of that little toy- terrier Millet. ” – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  4. Scarcely had he touched the ground when a man, leaping suddenly out of a thick clump of bushes near that side of the house, caught him in a savage grip and shook him with all the fury of an enraged mastiff shaking a rat. ” – Innocent Her Fancy and His Fact by Marie Corelli
  5. Now George Falkner's efforts at cordiality were about as effective as the demeanour of a crusty mastiff encountering another of his kind well within sweep of his owner's lash. ” – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  6. “ A large mastiff too, which had concealed itself for some time under the wall, came forth into the moonlight, with a bone in his jaws- manifestly a human skull. ” – Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX by Alexander Leighton
  7. He had a real gaunt English mastiff half- starved for want of food, and so ferocious that nobody but himself dared to approach it. ” – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton
  8. In his deep- set eyes, gleaming from under a ponderous brow; in his mastiff like jaw; in every feature of his haughty face were visible all the high intelligence, the consciousness of past valor, and the power and authority that denote a great chieftain. ” – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  9. His hair was bristling, no longer with fear, but with sheer brute fury; his lips were drawn back from the clenched teeth; his nostrils distended and quivering; his forehead wrinkled like that of an angry mastiff – Into the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  10. As he did so, I found time to fling a glance at my old enemy, the mastiff – I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Rhymes for mastiff:

  • mastif;