\ ˈpüch How to pronounce pooch (audio) \
pooched; pooching; pooches

Definition of pooch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly dialectal
: bulge



Definition of pooch (Entry 2 of 2)

: dog

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Examples of pooch in a Sentence


his lower lip pooched out in disappointment


What a cute little pooch! walking down the street with several pooches on leashes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Welsh buys only the best dog food for his pooch at around $52 a bag and Cleo has three kids' sports cars - a 4x4, a convertible white sports car and a racing car, all at $656 each. Fox News, "Britain’s ‘most pampered’ dog ‘owns’ three cars, a boat and 65 outfits," 21 July 2018 So pets don't feel left out, PetSmart is offering free dog-friendly sundaes, which are normally reserved for pooches staying overnight in the chain's pet hotels. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "How Are You Celebrating National Ice Cream Day? Here Are Some Ideas," 17 July 2019 Used restaurant grease and other oils unsuitable for human consumption, added to enhance palatability for our pooches. Brian Kateman, Quartz, "Vegan pets sound bougie, but they might just save the Earth," 12 June 2019 For the 24th annual Visionary Pets on Parade, expect mostly pooches — animals have to be on-leash or carried — and mostly in some variant of red-white-and-blue finery. Washington Post, "24 things to do in the D.C. area this Fourth of July holiday weekend," 3 July 2019 But only one pooch could be crowned the ugliest of them all. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Meet Scamp the Tramp, the World’s Ugliest Dog," 25 June 2019 The bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch took top honors Friday night at the 31st annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. John Rogers, Twin Cities, "Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest," 24 June 2019 Bakker said of Blaze and Freon, two friendly pooches that greet visitors. Steve Metsch, Naperville Sun, "Down to Business: 'Dutchman' followed in father's footsteps, foresaking a career in psychology for heating and cooling biz," 14 June 2019 Apparently pooch had spotted a Michael Vick Falcons jersey in a gift-shop window. Dwight Perry / Sideline Chatter, The Seattle Times, "Sideline chatter: What’s mom going to be like when he’s playing in an actual game?," 30 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of pooch


circa 1923, in the meaning defined above


1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pooch


alteration of pouch entry 1


origin unknown

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poodle dog

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The first known use of pooch was in 1908

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English Language Learners Definition of pooch

informal : a dog

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a period when something is suspended

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