poo·​dle | \ˈpü-dᵊl \

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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Last year, the Manhattan Prairie Dogs performed, wearing poodle skirts that converted into wedding dresses. Jane L. Levere, New York Times, "At Same-Sex Dances, Anyone Can Lead," 21 June 2018 The bear tore through a pool screen and grabbed Maggie, Russell Nusynowitz's 15-year-old poodle. Monique Valdes, ajc, "Dog mauled by bear in Florida dies, owners say," 7 May 2018 Sixth through 10th are the beagle, the poodle, the Rottweiler, the Yorkshire terrier and the German shorthaired pointer (GSP). CBS News, "Top U.S. dog breeds: Labs lead, French bulldogs leap in popularity," 28 Mar. 2018 Dunham still has three pets at home: a sphinx cat named Irma and poodles Karen and Susan. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Lena Dunham Mourns the Death of Her Cat Gia Marie: 'She Was My Love, My Dearest Companion'," 15 June 2018 Red-lipped batfish or Venezuelan poodle moth, anyone? Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, "The audacious plan to catalog all life on Earth," 14 June 2018 Bryant owns two adopted standard poodles named Daisy and Prince Valiant. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Janie Bryant teams with Unique Vintage on a new Beverly Hills-inspired capsule collection," 20 Apr. 2018 Of course Trump was going to be an American wrecking ball, a bull in a China shop, further damaging the North American Alliance that had helped keep the peace for 69 years, Putin's poodle, yada yada yada. Fox News, "Meadows, Dershowitz react after Lisa Page defies subpoena," 12 July 2018 With all that Willie the poodle mix has been through during his time as a stray and a shelter resident, Shawn Buckley doesn’t think a $3,000 price tag for surgery to correct a crippling leg injury should stand between Willie and a safe new home. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Coming to the rescue: Newport resident’s dog food company starts nonprofit to get homeless dogs veterinary care," 7 July 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 \

Kids Definition of poodle

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

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