\ˈpüch \
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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Synonyms for pooch

Synonyms: Noun

canine, dog, doggy (or doggie), hound, tyke (also tike)

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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

When not in use by your pooch, the Saguaro also makes for a handsome area rug or throw. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Stylish Pet Furniture Picks," 22 Jan. 2018 Hound Ground Dog Park: Open every day but Wednesday, this expansive playground for pooches is a hot spot on evenings and weekends. A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Winter Springs/Tuscawilla Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 But the same chain in Jekyll Island wasn’t so much into price gouging, and the Brunswick-area eateries and beaches seem way more accommodating to pooches. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Another handicapping lesson from Rob Henie," 1 July 2018 The day featured live music by Jim Ferguson, and a Dog Day Costume Parade that brought out numerous local pooches. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Lebanon Farmers Market In Full Swing," 11 July 2018 There’s an award presented each month to one special pooch. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "It's Always Take Your Dog to Work Day at These 10 Companies," 22 June 2018 Marino, 49, and his wife Erica Oyama, who co-wrote Dog Days with Elissa Matsueda, found inspiration in the pooches around them, namely their two rescue dogs. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Ken Marino's Feel-Good, Canine-Packed Movie Will Change the Meaning of 'Dog Days of Summer'," 15 June 2018 Meghan Markle’s dog, the newest pooch to join the royal family, is reportedly a rescue beagle from the U.S. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Newest royal dog is rescue beagle from Kentucky, report says," 23 May 2018 One pooch found antechinus species in the Scenic Rim, an area that hadn't seen the marsupial since the late 1980s, Baker says. Kelly Murray, CNN, "These Aussie marsupials are having so much sex they are literally killing themselves," 15 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pooch

: a dog

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