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 Her constant companion was a year old silver miniature poodle named Kelly who was her best friend. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, 8 June 2022 There was DiShiKa, a black poodle whose back had a pair of angry-looking scars cutting through the fur. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 He flirts and tries to tell her about the poodle business. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2022 This cross-breed pup is the result of breeding a miniature poodle with a Maltese. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022 While Biel's strong Southern accent and acting chops put her tightly in my personal race for the best actress category at the Emmys next year, so does her poodle-esque locks. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 17 May 2022 Depictions of championship dogs representing nations other than the United States lean on stereotypes: There’s a taco-loving pup from Mexico, a seductress poodle from France, a wise martial arts expert from China and so on. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 What happened to John Suter, the poodle musher, the Iditarod sensation of the late 1980s? David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2022 August, the family's apricot-color poodle, keeps watch. Kathy Barnes, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Poodle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poodle. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for poodle


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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Nglish: Translation of poodle for Spanish Speakers

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