- any member of several breeds of medium-sized hunting dog with large, drooping ears and a dense, wavy coat
- a servile, fawning person
Origin of spanielMiddle English spainel from Middle French espagnol, literally , Spanish from Spanish español from España, Spain from Classical Latin Hispania
- Any of several breeds of small-sized to medium-sized dogs, usually having drooping ears, short legs, and a wavy, silky coat.
- A docile or servile person.
Origin of spanielMiddle English spainol from Old French espaignol Spaniard, Spanish dog from Vulgar Latin Hispāniōlus Spanish from Hispānia Spain
(third-person singular simple present spaniels, present participle spanielling, simple past and past participle spanielled)
From Old French espaigneul (modern French Ã©pagneul), from Latin HispÄniolus (“Spanish"), from HispÄnia (“Spain").