\ 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mass MoCA allows service dogs only, but the other four locations — the Clark, deCordova Sculpture Park, Seawalls Boston, and the Navy Yard Garden — welcome your leashed pooch. Marie Morris, BostonGlobe.com, "HomeFront: New Year’s Eve at home, plus Robert Duvall and Glenda Jackson," 31 Dec. 2020 To rescue the large dog, crews used an all-terrain vehicle and placed Nikko in a Stokes Basket on a wheel, carefully navigating the pooch down the mountain. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "125-Pound Dog Rescued from Virginia Mountain After Collapsing During Hike in 90-Degree Heat," 31 July 2020 In dog terms, this can mean that the pooch will be shy, quiet, sleepy, or keep to itself. Liz Krieger, Family, "Getting through the pandemic puppy blues," 14 Dec. 2020 But for the dogs and handlers who do participate, the lack of cheering fans can affect a pooch’s performance either way. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Dogs, owners prepare for crowdless AKC National Championship with modifications," 7 Dec. 2020 There is zero shame in saying, Woops, screwed the pooch on that one. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "If You Aren’t Buying Black This Holiday Season, Gabrielle Union Wants To Know What You’re Even Doing," 26 Nov. 2020 That compound tragedy devastated his family and set him on a course to find and provide healing, Turck, 54, said while standing in his vegetable garden as his boisterous pooch, Woke, bounded around. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "A Minnesota social worker uses gardening to help youth heal from trauma," 20 Nov. 2020 Trask even added a 32-yard pooch punt for good measure, pinning Tennessee on its 4-yard line late in the game. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators win SEC East by rolling past Tennessee," 5 Dec. 2020 Whether a lab, a chihuahua or some breed in between, your loyal pooch wants season’s treatings too. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "30 amazing Advent calendars that make December so much merrier," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of pooch was in 1908

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13 Jan 2021

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“Pooch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pooch. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pooch

informal : a dog

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