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

Examples of puppy in a Sentence

Our dog just had four puppies.
Recent Examples on the Web The puppy was brought to the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, run by the university, for a postmortem examination after its unexpected death. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "Connecticut puppy that died unexpectedly tested positive for coronavirus, UConn researchers say," 13 Apr. 2021 Elgin officers expect to pick up the puppy this month. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, "Golden retriever with big personality lands job as Elgin police’s first comfort dog," 2 Apr. 2021 Lydia Savala, founder of a small, Orange County rescue charity named Poochmatch, arranged to get the puppy treated at Loma Linda Animal Hospital. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. activist Marc Ching and his foundation exaggerated tales of animal abuse, vets and rescuers say," 30 Dec. 2020 During an examination, veterinarians spotted 70 pellets in Tammi's X-rays while also determining the puppy had been hit by a car. Marika Gerken, CNN, "A dog was hit by a car and peppered with shotgun pellets. Now, she's found a grateful forever family," 19 Dec. 2020 The puppy stayed at the hospital for a few days to recover. Karl Schneider, USA TODAY, "Florida man who saved his puppy from alligator's jaws shares update on dog's recovery," 24 Nov. 2020 The puppy is healing well after a trip to the vet’s office. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Florida man saves dog from alligator, smokes cigar the whole time," 24 Nov. 2020 Wilbanks can be seen thrashing around in the pond while straining to free the whimpering puppy from the alligator’s clutches. Washington Post, "Video shows man wrestling puppy from alligator’s jaws without dropping his cigar," 23 Nov. 2020 The problem-solving begins when a plexiglass shield is placed between the puppy and the treat. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Our Ancient Bond With Dogs," 17 Nov. 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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7 May 2021

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“Puppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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