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

Examples of poodle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So this prim and proper poodle chowed down on the closest thing her humans could find - a fast-food treat that proved to be the perfect fuel for her final show. CBS News, "Poodle wins group at Westminster dog show after McDonald's snack," 11 Feb. 2020 The three-day dog show features the top three breeds —dachshunds on Sunday, poodles on Monday and golden retrievers on Tuesday. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, "Dogs get ready to bow and wow at the Westminster dog show," 8 Feb. 2020 Kevin, Whitmer's labradoodle, a Labrador and poodle mixture, was named by her two daughters. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to give SOTU response: What to know about her," 4 Feb. 2020 But Mr Johnson has purged the internal opposition and reduced his cabinet colleagues to a pack of poodles. The Economist, "Boris Johnson is reinventing one-nation Conservatism," 2 Jan. 2020 Across from the kitchen, one of three house poodles greets guests besides a mod green chair and a plastic palm. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Versace Home Designer Sasha Bikoff Creates a Colorful Cottage Dollhouse," 17 Dec. 2019 While German shepherds are loyal, so are poodles, according to the description of them on the poll. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If you live in Germantown, you might think of yourself as a German shepherd," 26 Nov. 2019 In one shot, Sineenat and Vajiralongkorn are wearing military fatigues and holding the king's royal poodle. Helen Regan, CNN, "Flying a jet and firing a gun: Thailand releases rare photos of King's royal consort," 27 Aug. 2019 The Michigan Humane Society picked up the white, 4-year-old mix, believed to be schnauzer and poodle, from Detroit Animal Control. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Animal rescues watch over animals in need, but no one's watching them. That could change.," 8 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Poodle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poodle. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poodle

: a type of dog that has thick, curly hair


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Kids Definition of poodle

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

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