\ 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 Sunday joins Portman’s other pooch, Penny, and of course husband Benjamin Millepied and daughter Amalia, 2, and Aleph, 8. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Say Hello to Sunday! Natalie Portman Rescues Prison Dog as 'the Newest Addition to Our Family'," 19 Nov. 2019 These genetic tests for dogs allow pet owners to trade a sample of their pooch’s saliva for information on the pet’s breed, ancestry, health risks, and more. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Genetic testing for dogs can offer insight," 19 Oct. 2019 The strong stock market debut for online pet supplies retailer Chewy earlier this month is another sign of how Americans love to pamper their pooches and kitties. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Bad news for General Mills: People splurge on pet food but not snacks for themselves," 26 June 2019 All reasons to avoid sharing a bottle with your pooch. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "This Dog Drinking Wine Is The Most Controversial Thing About Love Is Blind," 20 Feb. 2020 Kneupfer figured setting up shop there with his pooches would give the place a little charm and character. BostonGlobe.com, "When Philipp Knuepfer arrived at the Mandarin Oriental in the Back Bay, he did two things that were fairly radical for the luxury hotel chain. He set up his “office” in the lobby, next to the front door, amid the cushy sofas and chairs. And he brought along his two golden retrievers.," 1 Jan. 2020 The holiday season is in full swing, and The Woodlands has dozens of family-friendly activities on tap ranging from kayaking on a quest for hidden, floating gifts to celebrating St. Nick with your favorite pooch. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Your holiday event guide for The Woodlands," 2 Dec. 2019 Here are seven ways to kill it this weekend in the Bay Area, from big dance performances to Oakland Cocktail Week and a chance to party with your pooch. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 amazing Bay Area things to do this weekend, Sept. 20-22," 19 Sep. 2019 One lucky winner—along with their pawfect pooch—will win ten free nights at ten pet-friendly hotels of their choice around the world. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Hotels.com Is Looking For Its First-Ever Canine Hotel Critic to Travel the World," 12 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 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pooch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pooch. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pooch

informal : a dog

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