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 last of three puppies stolen from a San Francisco animal shelter was recovered Saturday. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Sick pit bull puppy stolen from SF shelter found in east Oakland," 1 Sep. 2019 Three puppies were stolen from a San Francisco animal shelter Thursday, and two of them were apparently offered for sale hours later on a website. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Seniors are being hit especially hard by California’s housing crisis," 30 Aug. 2019 Five Chihuahua puppies were found in a dumpster near Seventh Avenue and Baseline Road on Monday. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Chihuahua puppies abandoned in Phoenix dumpster up for adoption," 17 July 2019 In Arkadelphia, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock, heavy rains inundated an animal shelter, and the shelter says one puppy died. Washington Post, "Suspected tornado in Mississippi from Barry’s wet remnants," 16 July 2019 In an interview with Buzzfeed, which content creator Christian Zamora shared on Twitter, Turner was questioned while holding two adorable puppies. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Just Made the Best Risqué Joke About Joe Jonas," 9 June 2019 Taking to Instagram on January 11, The Masked Singer judge uploaded a sweet photo of her husband kissing two Pomeranian puppies. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy Just Added Two New Members to Their Family," 9 Feb. 2019 Several puppies were found by police at the Hialeah apartment following the death of 12-year-old Royalty. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "'Pure animal cruelty.' Second fake vet turns himself in after deadly dog neutering," 2 June 2018 Law enforcement officers saving animals isn't exactly big breaking news, but the tiny size of one helpless puppy helped make a Florida dog-rescue story go viral on Monday afternoon. Tiffini Theisen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida cops' rescue of puppy from hot car goes viral," 15 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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