\ 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

Take in beautiful views and relax outside with your pooch. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Take Your Dog to Work Day: Go on a break at these Orlando area restaurants," 20 June 2019 Hours for this summertime series are 5 to 9 p.m. This first event is a dog-friendly one, so the organizers are dubbing the venue Barkesto Park and inviting pet owners to bring their pooches for pup snacks. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Northside Night Market makes debut at San Jose’s Backesto Park," 14 June 2019 His comments were laced with lessons learned from his own pet pooch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Customer experience is enhanced with Lindsey Vonn and kittens at San Diego confab," 7 June 2019 But a hint might lie in the fact that the link is stronger with competitive dogs than in pet pooches. CBS News, "Dogs can feel their owner's stress, study suggests," 6 June 2019 But a hint might lie in the fact that the link is stronger with competitive dogs than in pet pooches. NBC News, "Dogs owners feeling long-term stress can transfer it to their dogs, science shows," 6 June 2019 Catch the cute canines cuddling up to create letters A to Z, and check out more of these precious pooches on Wegman's blog. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "WATCH: Talented Dogs Form All 26 Letters of the Alphabet," 18 Sep. 2014 Barclay should have his day in the sun, too, and the Blues can make the case that the pooch actually deserves the swag. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Barclay, St. Louis Blues' assistance dog in training, should have his name on Stanley Cup," 14 June 2019 Along with a pooch-friendly patio, this spot on the Santa Fe Trail has an off-leash area for four-legged guests. Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Parties in the park and on the patio and more things to do," 7 June 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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