lapdog

play
noun lap·dog \ˈlap-ˌdȯg\

Definition of lapdog

  1. 1 :  a small dog that may be held in the lap

  2. 2 :  a servile dependent or follower

Examples of lapdog in a Sentence

  1. His coworkers regarded him as the boss's lap dog.

1645

First Known Use of lapdog

1645


LAPDOG Defined for English Language Learners

lapdog

play
noun

Definition of lapdog for English Language Learners

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

  • : a weak person who is controlled by someone else


LAPDOG Defined for Kids

lapdog

play
noun lap·dog \ˈlap-ˌdȯg\

Definition of lapdog for Students

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lapdog? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!