AskDefine | Define watchdog

Dictionary Definition



1 a guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or waste; "she is the global watchdog for human rights abuses"
2 a dog trained to guard property [syn: guard dog]

User Contributed Dictionary



From watch and dog.


  1. a guard dog
  2. a person or organization that monitors and publicizes the behavior of others (individuals, corporations, governments) to discover undesirable activity.




  1. To perform a function analogous to a watchdog.
  2. To guard and warn.

Extensive Definition

A watchdog is a dog who provides protection by watching for or guarding against intruders. * Watchdog timer, a device in computer systems In media:
watchdog in French: Chien de garde (homonymie)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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