\ 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 The mall is again hosting pet-photo gatherings so pooches and such can get their pictures taken with Santa. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Pet-parent alert: Rosedale hosting Santa photo shoots for furry friends," 24 Nov. 2019 Her five intact pooches do agility, dock-diving and other sports. Karin Brulliard, chicagotribune.com, "There’s a growing debate over spaying and neutering dogs," 30 Oct. 2019 Petco’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages will highlight a day in the life of this political pooch on Sept. 23. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: A pooch in politics: Meet Idyllwild’s Mayor Max," 20 Sep. 2019 New activities this year include a demonstration for Barn Hunt, the new trendy dog sport that tasks pooches to use their scent-tracking skills, and Urban Mushing with dogs on dry land instead of snow. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Ballet isn’t for boys? Don’t tell these Silicon Valley guys," 17 Sep. 2019 Dog owners shared the address of the park on Reddit to encourage people with particularly vociferous pooches to visit. BostonGlobe.com, "The board members voted 5-2 in favor of dismantling the dog park that has divided the District of Columbia suburb for months, turning it into just a park.," 11 Sep. 2019 Dog owners shared the address of the park on Reddit to encourage people with particularly vociferous pooches to visit. Jessica Contrera, baltimoresun.com, "Controversial dog park that divided this Maryland town will be dismantled," 10 Sep. 2019 Toss a ball or Frisbee, chase your pooch in the surf or let Rover make friends. Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours in Belmont Shore: A dog- and kid-friendly tour," 27 Sep. 2019 Two other pooches were part of the Julian Fellowes period drama throughout its run: Pharaoh appeared throughout season 1 and Isis was Lord Grantham’s constant companion from season 2 to season 5. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Downton Abbey celebrates International Dog Day with adorable new posters," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pooch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pooched. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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How to pronounce pooch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pooch

informal : a dog

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