pup·py | \ˈpə-pē \
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 \ noun
puppyish \ˈpə-pē-ish \ adjective
puppylike \ˈpə-pē-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of puppy in a Sentence

Our dog just had four puppies.

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United has been under fire again for its number of animal deaths after a French bulldog puppy died on a flight from Houston to New York on Monday night. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "United bashed for animal deaths on flights. Here’s how many American had. | Charlotte Observer," 15 Mar. 2018 Adoption fees are $195 for puppies and small dogs in the Spot Peabody room. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Pet of the Week: Here are the Houston SPCA animals that need homes now," 12 July 2018 Fred, a 100-pound Sulcata tortoise, can often be seen crawling around the aisles of his home at Petland Orlando South, sometimes pressing his nose against the glass to greet the puppies and kittens up for adoption. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Shameless' tortoise named Fred celebrates 19th birthday posing for photos, feasting on fruit buffet," 10 June 2018 Sasha the puppy and 7-month-old Masailah have a special bond, their mom, Nana Chai, told KCRA. Matthew Martinez, sacbee, "'Hero pup' pit bull tries to save baby from house fire by carrying her by the diaper," 9 June 2018 The 10 puppies and five adult dogs were taken from the Lancaster County breeder by the state’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on May 24, according a news release by the organization. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Breeder Allegedly ‘Debarked’ Dogs by Mutilating Vocal Cords with 'Pipe-Like' Object," 7 June 2018 Dog rescue groups Sadie Mae Foundation, Pack Leaders Rescue of CT and The Simon Foundation will be on hand with puppies and dogs available for adoptions and to provide information about their services. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 5 June 2018 The group says 10 puppies and five adult dogs were removed from the unlicensed breeder's home. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "An unlicensed breeder criminally 'debarked' dogs by pushing a pipe down their throats," 31 May 2018 Textile and fashion curator Niloo Paydar says there are 59 of Green-Field's famously quirky creations on view, with embellishments that include cigarettes, baseballs, puppies, and whole birds; all but six of them are from IMA's own collection. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Trash or art? Visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art and decide for yourself," 30 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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one sick puppy

one tired puppy

puppy fat

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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 \
plural puppies

Kids Definition of puppy

: a young dog

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