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
Recent Examples of poodle from the Web
Maria Mendieta of Louisville came to the pet center and ended up taking home two dogs — a 10-year-old poodle-cocker mix named Dixon and a younger chihuahua mix named Tooti Fruiti.
The recording, one of four short videos provided by the Oak Lawn Police Department, shows the fleeting moments atop an Oak Lawn hospital parking garage from which police said a man callously tossed two toy poodles on May 20.
John and I cringed and followed along obediently, like poodles.
The flat-topped George and poodle-haired Harold combine the rebellious attitude of Bart Simpson with the inventive resourcefulness of Phineas and Ferb.
The standard poodle was lauded for his work in Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories, a pawsitively stunning turn as Dustin Hoffman’s emotionally neglected pooch.
All types of familiar movie monsters from the 1950s and beyond are represented in some form here, along with the mad scientist and poodle-skirt-wearing love interests.
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Origin and Etymology of poodle
German Pudel, short for Pudelhund, from pudeln to splash + Hund dog
First Known Use: 1773See Words from the same year
POODLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of poodle for English Language Learners
: a type of dog that has thick, curly hair
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Definition of poodle for Students
: a small or medium-sized dog with a thick curly coat of solid color
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