lap·​dog | \ ˈlap-ˌdȯg How to pronounce lapdog (audio) \

Definition of lapdog

1 : a small dog that may be held in the lap
2 : a servile dependent or follower

Examples of lapdog in a Sentence

His coworkers regarded him as the boss's lap dog.
Recent Examples on the Web The black lapdog pranced proudly when his turn came. CBS News, "Poodle wins group at Westminster dog show after McDonald's snack," 11 Feb. 2020 The black lapdog pranced proudly when his turn came. Jake Seiner, Anchorage Daily News, "Happy meal: Poodle stops for fast food, wins at Westminster," 11 Feb. 2020 Even faithful lapdog Lindsey Graham thought the Dingell attack was a bridge too far. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Speaker Pelosi Is “Never Afraid and Rarely Surprised”," 22 Dec. 2019 Archie spends a majority of the season as Hiram's lapdog, helping him out with various tasks, even aggressively scaring off two other mob bosses who attempt to take out Hiram. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 But in nine days, Macron goes to Washington for the first state visit under Trump’s presidency — and the French leader can’t be seen as Trump’s lapdog. Washington Post, "European allies France, UK gamble, join Trump against Syria," 14 Apr. 2018 Daily outdoor fun is a way of life for people with retrievers, terriers, spaniels, herding dogs and even plenty of dogs on the small side, who don’t seem to know they are considered part of the lapdog brigade. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Hiking or camping with your dogs? How to keep them safe," 11 July 2018 Inside the houses are palmetto bugs the size of lapdogs. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Snakes, Landslides & Adventures in Real Estate," 22 June 2018 Good government is about being transparent, and this is the latest instance of those in charge of our children’s safety making no pretense about being slobbering lapdogs for the National Rifle Association. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: DeVos just the latest in gun-shootings debate to ignore guns | Commentary," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of lapdog

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lapdog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lapdog

: a dog that is small enough to be held in a person's lap
: a weak person who is controlled by someone else


lap·​dog | \ ˈlap-ˌdȯg How to pronounce lapdog (audio) \

Kids Definition of lapdog

: a dog small enough to be held in a person's lap

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