\ ˈpüch How to pronounce pooch (audio) \
plural pooches

Definition of pooch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: dog a cute pooch Before the abusive letters pour in …, may I state that I am very fond of dogs. Loyal, obedient, housetrained pooches are a pleasure to rub noses with.— Romany Bain
screw the pooch
US slang
: to botch an activity or undertaking : screw up He's a little cocky, but he's not about to screw the pooch.— Douglas M. Bailey Such is life. Sometimes you score big, and sometimes you screw the pooch.— Greg Jerrett


pooched; pooching; pooches

Definition of pooch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

chiefly dialectal
: bulge

Examples of pooch in a Sentence

Noun What a cute little pooch! walking down the street with several pooches on leashes Verb his lower lip pooched out in disappointment
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The employee experience means operating under the influence of personal circumstances—right down to the visibly overwhelmed individual speaking to you over Zoom as a pooch yaps, children cajole and a laundry buzzer sounds off in the background. Rob Catalano, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Those who arrive with pets in tow usually find their way to Dog Beach, a serene place to stroll with your pooch. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 This year's message is love for our pets and for the Puppy Bowl, which promotes pet adoption and the thrill of giving a pooch a second chance. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 The footage from the meeting shows the pooch wagging his tail as the mountain lion draws nearer, ignoring his owner's shouts to get away from the glass. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 6 Dec. 2021 These pooch products, along with the Aldi merchandise made for humans, will be available in Aldi stores nationwide starting April 20. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 12 Apr. 2022 The pooch, a Bichon Frise/poodle mix who is the reincarnated spirit of Siddartha Gautama, is called Sid. Bo Emerson, ajc, 21 Mar. 2022 An extra-plush bed or a heart rope toy (both sweet and sturdy) are sure to make your pooch bark with joy. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2022 Thorne finished 29-for-50 with three touchdowns and an interception, taking a knee after Justin White recovered a pooch kickoff following Haladay’s interception return. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pooch


1908, in the meaning defined above


circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pooch


origin unknown


alteration of pouch entry 1

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13 May 2022

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“Pooch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pooch. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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