pooch

noun
\ ˈpüch How to pronounce pooch (audio) \
plural pooches

Definition of pooch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal
: 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

pooch

verb
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 On FAU’s opening possession, facing fourth down at the UCF 35, the Owls attempted a pooch punt, however, it was blocked and the Knights took over at their own 40. Steve Evans, sun-sentinel.com, "Balanced Central Florida dominates host FAU," 8 Sep. 2019 After the Mustangs’ Jackson Galitski fell on a pooch onside kickoff attempt at the Costa Mesa 39, Santiago could not stop the clock and the Mustangs celebrated after taking a knee on two straight snaps. Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa football ends 16-game losing streak with win over Santiago," 30 Aug. 2019 Today, pooches use the muscle to raise their eyebrows and make the babylike expression. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump kicks off 2020 campaign, charges in MH17 attack & evolution of puppy dog eyes: The Morning Rundown," 19 June 2019 The couple, their two sons, 10-year-old Jake and 8-year-old Owen, along with federal agents and fellow Windsor Locks cops, will join the star pooch behind home plate as photos of Abby are shown on the Jumbotron. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Red Sox to honor Windsor Locks police K9," 4 Sep. 2019 Admirers appeared immediately, their phones up to capture photos and video of the crouching pooch gliding onto shore. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach bulldog is canine queen of the waves," 29 Aug. 2019 And this space in the heart of Sanford is loaded with amenities, making it a popular spot for locals with pooches in tote. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Paw Park: Sanford spot draws inspiration from dogs," 13 Aug. 2019 The cuddly puppy party also works towards a good cause; the adorable puppies who visit are rescued dogs from Lifeline Puppy Rescue, a local no-kill rescue for young pooches in the Rocky Mountain Region. Cady Lang, Time, "You Can Now Order Puppies and Prosecco to Your Room at This Hotel Because Life Is a Celebration," 29 July 2019 Today, pooches use the muscle to raise their eyebrows and make the babylike expression. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump kicks off 2020 campaign, charges in MH17 attack & evolution of puppy dog eyes: The Morning Rundown," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of pooch

Noun

1908, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pooch

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

alteration of pouch entry 1

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5 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for pooch

The first known use of pooch was in 1908

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More Definitions for pooch

pooch

noun
How to pronounce pooch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pooch

informal : a dog

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