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 If your ideal partner in crime is a tiny lapdog, a Shorkie might be a great fit. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 24 July 2022 Now Trump has endorsed Brooks’ opponent, Katie Britt, whom Brooks has tried to frame as a lobbyist and lapdog for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. al, 15 June 2022 Listen to the statements or tweets of his most Western-facing servants, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and all-purpose lapdog Dmitri Medvedev. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Somebody was changing a baby’s diaper, while another passenger tried to keep a lapdog under control. The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2022 Vladimir Putin must feel like a lapdog who is suddenly banished from the couch to the basement. Josef Joffe, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 Putin became Lukashenko’s patron—or, put another way, Lukashenko transformed into Putin’s lapdog. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 1 Mar. 2022 Regardless, the core problem here is that the FHFA is supposed to be the housing finance industry’s watchdog, not its lapdog. Norbert Michel, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Then a lapdog belonging to the doctor’s mother (Kathleen Chalfant) dies., 22 July 2021 See More

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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 25 Sep. 2022.

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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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