\ 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

The name alone sparks so much joy that Marie Kondo would be jealous—and just look at these beautiful pooches! Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "You Don't Have to Be a Pet Person to Love This Puppy Wallpaper," 1 Apr. 2019 Makes sense, this link between the national pastime and pooches. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "What to watch at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show," 10 Feb. 2019 On the streets of Manhattan this morning, Diana played the part of very pampered pooch inside Goyard’s chic leather Voltigeur carrier. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Is Priyanka Chopra’s Dog the Most Fashionable Pet in Hollywood?," 5 Feb. 2019 Before joining the royal family, the Duchess was already the proud owner of two pooches named Bogart and Guy, and during their engagement interview, Prince Harry even shared a story about Meghan's magic touch with dogs. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were Both All About the Cute Dogs During Their Sussex Visit," 3 Oct. 2018 Britain’s most pampered pooch has had a staggering sum of $52,000 spent on her over her short lifetime - and even owns three cars and a boat. Fox News, "Britain’s ‘most pampered’ dog ‘owns’ three cars, a boat and 65 outfits," 21 July 2018 Bring your own pup, catch the dog parade, and wander through the Highland Park area to find pet vendors with specialty items for your pooch. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "Living: the results of 2018 Best of Birmingham Family & Kids," 1 June 2017 Joe Biden the dog was also there with his human, Sydney—who did indeed name her pooch after her favorite politician. Diana Bruk, Marie Claire, "Joe Biden the Human Met Joe Biden the Golden Retriever and the Pictures Are Almost Too Good to Be True," 22 Mar. 2017 There are currently only a handful of filters available for pooches, which can be seen in the promotional video above. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Snapchat goes full circle, adds lenses for dogs," 26 Dec. 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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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 strong desire or propensity

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