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 Created in honor of the couple’s Pomeranian poodle Thomas, who wore a special puppy-size button-down that reliably turned heads, the line is the ultimate in fashion for pet parents. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Justin Bieber (and His Dog, Oscar) Find The Perfect Hawaiian Shirts," 2 Apr. 2021 Above the sofa: a beguiling poodle, one of a collection of 18th-century French animal paintings. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "From the Archive: Inside Sister Parish's Moody, Elegant Home from 1968," 12 Mar. 2021 Also, Ted appears to have left behind the family poodle. Ezra Marcus, New York Times, "The Season of the Snitch," 26 Feb. 2021 Also, Ted appears to have left behind the family poodle. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Justice For Snowflake: Did Ted Cruz Really Leave His Dog Behind In His Icy Cold Home?," 19 Feb. 2021 Like a loony kind of bazaar, every inch of the space was cluttered with disparate items — her television, her expensive kitchen-knife set, a small fridge — with a tiny patch on the floor for Abby, her poodle. Bridget Read, Curbed, "The Nightmare Share," 2 Feb. 2021 Reporters found his name on flight manifests, Twitter exploded with mocking hashtags including #FlyinTed, and a photo went viral of the Cruz family poodle Snowflake staring forlornly out the front door of their empty home. Ezra Marcus, New York Times, "The Season of the Snitch," 26 Feb. 2021 Daryl Roth, the Broadway producer, rescued Addie, a poodle-bichon mix, and Vanessa Getty, the San Francisco philanthropist, owns a Great Pyrenees mix named Polly. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "Prestige Pet Peacocking Enters a New Phase. Is Your Dog Ready for Its Close-Up?," 26 Feb. 2021 That title went to a gray miniature poodle, Elliot, and his owner Deborah Burnett of Gray Court, South Carolina. Liz Langley, Animals, "Meet Phelan the rescue pup—now America’s fastest dog," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Poodle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poodle. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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