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 book, which features the lyrics of Carey’s chart-topping hit, tells the story of a little girl whose greatest holiday wish is a new puppy. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Mariah Carey Reveals Name of 'Humbling and Healing' New Memoir Set to Be Published in September," 9 July 2020 Dear Readers: Jessica and Gavin sent a picture of their newest family member, their tiny Yorkshire terrier puppy, Lulu — so cute! Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Celebrate safely," 4 July 2020 After all that fun in the water and woods, you and your puppy will probably be pooped — and starving. Michael Park, CNN Underscored, "Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear," 30 June 2020 The newest member to his family Is a puppy named Bentley. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "John Kosty retires after 57 years of serving the community: Talk of the Towns," 2 July 2020 But Lamebull Ingram was worried about their new puppy being around so many large dogs. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "He went for a run in Anchorage. A woman stopped to ask if he belonged in the neighborhood.," 27 June 2020 Help keep your puppy’s eating area clean with a nonstick silicone mat that can easily be wiped clean. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "New dog? Here’s everything you’ll need to make your pup happy," 25 June 2020 However, her biggest concern was her 12-week-old puppy. Fox News, "Massive spider found clinging to Texas home: 'I was terrified!'," 25 June 2020 The level of detail in this 101-page puppy, acquired by our Evan Grant, would put to shame the safety team at a nuclear plant. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Why MLB’s stringent COVID-19 guidelines will make the return to baseball anything but normal," 25 June 2020

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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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The first known use of puppy was in 1567

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17 Jul 2020

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“Puppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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


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

Kids Definition of puppy

: a young dog

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