poo·​dle | \ ˈpü-dᵊl How to pronounce poodle (audio) \

Definition of poodle

1 : any of a breed of intelligent dogs that have a curly dense solid-colored coat and that are grouped into standard, miniature, and toy sizes which are often considered separate breeds — compare toy poodle
2 : a fabric with a nubby or coarsely looped surface that resembles a poodle's coat

called also poodle cloth

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Are there purebred Labradors and poodles out there that were simply never registered? Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth Was Fooled by a Fake Purebreed Dog," 18 Sep. 2018 Before the fire trucks arrived, Vanasse’s sister was able to drive off with her bulldog, but Vanasse turned back to rescue an absent neighbor’s elderly poodle. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Cause of massive North Queen Anne lumber yard fire remains under investigation," 13 Nov. 2018 That same year, a Los Angeles poodle was fatally mauled while with a Rover boarder. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 Sorry, poodle skirts when out of style in 1960 or whatever! Ariel Nagi, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculous Stereotypes About Teens That Need To Go Away," 24 Mar. 2015 The poodle statue next to the toilet is a whimsical touch. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Hotels in Houston," 9 Oct. 2018 Sixth through 10th are the beagle, the poodle, the Rottweiler, the Yorkshire terrier and the German shorthaired pointer. Washington Post, "Labs still lead but French bulldogs leap in popularity in US," 28 Mar. 2018 Sixth through 10th are the beagle, the poodle, the Rottweiler, the Yorkshire terrier and the German shorthaired pointer. Jennifer Peltz, chicagotribune.com, "Labs still the favorite dog in U.S., but French bulldogs surge in popularity," 28 Mar. 2018 Your poodle and the other experts now have two weeks to call sources, read tea leaves, buy all of Sam Darnold’s private info from Facebook and come up with their final mocks before the April 26th draft. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "NFL mock drafts predict Elvis will return," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of poodle

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for poodle

German Pudel, short for Pudelhund, from pudeln to splash + Hund dog

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English Language Learners Definition of poodle

: a type of dog that has thick, curly hair


poo·​dle | \ ˈpü-dᵊl How to pronounce poodle (audio) \

Kids Definition of poodle

: a small or medium-sized dog with a thick curly coat of solid color

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