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plural pooches
: 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


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pooched; pooching; pooches

intransitive verb

chiefly dialectal
: bulge
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

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
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Word History



origin unknown


alteration of pouch entry 1

First Known Use


1908, in the meaning defined above


circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pooch was in 1908

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“Pooch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pooch. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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