lapdog

noun lap·dog \ ˈlap-ˌdȯg \
Updated on: 19 Mar 2018

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

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

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First Known Use of lapdog

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LAPDOG Defined for English Language Learners

lapdog

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

noun lap·dog \ ˈlap-ˌdȯg \

Definition of lapdog for Students

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


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