puppy

noun
pup·​py | \ ˈpə-pē How to pronounce puppy (audio) \
plural puppies

Definition of puppy

1 : a young domestic dog specifically : one less than a year old
2 : baby sense 4 a computer that is one fast puppy

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Other Words from puppy

puppyhood \ ˈpə-​pē-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce puppyhood (audio) \ noun
puppyish \ ˈpə-​pē-​ish How to pronounce puppyish (audio) \ adjective
puppylike \ ˈpə-​pē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce puppylike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of puppy in a Sentence

Our dog just had four puppies.
Recent Examples on the Web The night also featured a puppy-kissing booth, a musical performance by Grammy-winning rapper Anderson .Paak and a half-pipe showcase from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Seth Rogen and Wife Lauren Host Star-Studded Carnival for Alzheimer's Awareness," 16 Sep. 2019 While hosting a puppy party, a woman tries to convince an uptight executive to give in to his daughter’s pleas to adopt a rescue dog. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 In addition to lemonade, Lainie is selling puppy chow. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet the 3-year-old girl who is selling lemonade to raise money for Germantown's K-9 unit," 6 Sep. 2019 Georgia Athens: The dog area of an animal shelter is under quarantine after three puppies tested positive for the highly contagious canine parvovirus. USA TODAY, "Rare elephant calf, two-headed rattlesnake, another quake off Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 6 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Westminster was briefly distracted Monday by the arrival of a new resident at 10 Downing Street — not a new prime minister, but a 15-week-old rescued Jack Russell-cross puppy called Dilyn. NBC News, "Boris Johnson faces Brexit showdown in Parliament," 3 Sep. 2019 What does matter is the size of the glove given to color guy and former overgrown MLB puppy Jeff Francoeur. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "MLB Is a Game of Extremes in 2019. What Does That Mean for the Sport's Future?," 3 Sep. 2019 Dog Star Rescue’s annual Bark and Brew fundraiser at Thomas Hooker Brewery (16 Tobey Road, Bloomfield) returns Sept. 28 at 6 p.m., with barbecue, craft beer samples, a puppy kissing booth, raffles and live music by Sister Funk. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Here’s where you’ll find Connecticut’s fall beer festivals from now to mid-November," 30 Aug. 2019 Some people have allergies, some have legitimate phobias, and some hate returning to their desks only to find their computer cords chewed up by a co-worker’s puppy. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The most dog-friendly offices in the US, according to Rover.com," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of puppy

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for puppy

Middle English popi, from Middle French poupée doll, toy, from *poupe

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More Definitions for puppy

puppy

noun
How to pronounce puppy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of puppy

: a young dog
used in a playful way to refer to a thing
used in a playful way to refer to a person

puppy

noun
pup·​py | \ ˈpə-pē How to pronounce puppy (audio) \
plural puppies

Kids Definition of puppy

: a young dog

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