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

In a recent study, published in Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals, 51 human participants viewed dozens of photos of puppies. Alex Kingsbury, BostonGlobe.com, "Reaching peak puppy cuteness," 18 May 2018 Prosecutors said Elores sewed packets of liquid heroin into the bellies of puppies in Colombia, and when the dogs arrived in the U.S. the drugs were surgically removed. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Prosecutors: Veterinarian performed surgery to turn puppies into drug mules," 1 May 2018 South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, with six puppies, born this month by dog that was a gift from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un’s Extreme Makeover Plays Well in South Korea, for Now," 28 Nov. 2018 According to People, the couple became proud parents to a puppy (likely a labrador) earlier this summer. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Reportedly Welcomed a New Addition to Their Family," 25 Aug. 2018 Adoption fees are $80 for puppies, $50 for dogs, $20 for dogs over 5 years old, $35 for kittens, $20 for cats and $10 for cats over 5 years old. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Pet of the Week: Here are the Harris County Animal Shelter puppies and kitties that need homes now," 3 July 2018 The two 8-month-old puppies, Chanel and King Kong, had trouble walking. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona U-Haul billionaire dumps 7 sick rottweilers on dog rescue in Gilbert," 26 June 2018 Feral puppies, by contrast, probably never lay eyes on dad. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Puppies' cuteness peaks right when they need humans most, study finds," 24 May 2018 Feral puppies, by contrast, probably never lay eyes on dad. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Puppies reach peak cuteness right when they need humans most," 19 May 2018

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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

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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