ETYM Old Eng. begele; perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Irish and Gael. beag small, little, W. bach. French bigle is from English.
1. A small short-legged smooth-coated breed of hound.
2. Small hound used in hare-hunting; pl. pack of harriers.
3. Short-haired hound with pendant ears, sickle tail, and a bell-like voice for hunting hares on foot (“beagling”).