I. noun a small hound of a breed with a short coat, used for hunting hares. II. verb — [no obj.] (usu. as noun beagling) 1. hunt with beagles. • he used to go beagling.
III. derivatives beagler noun
– origin late 15th cent.: perhaps from Old French beegueule ‘open-mouthed’, from beer ‘open wide’ + gueule ‘throat’.