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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The students watched as the sick puppy was eaten alive by a snapping turtle in a Preston, Idaho, junior high classroom in early March, state prosecutors alleged in a Friday filing. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Idaho teacher charged after feeding sick puppy to snapping turtle while students watched," 3 June 2018 Sony Using its suite of internal sensors, the companion puppy will react to seasons and weather, learn new tricks, and use its nose camera (plus facial recognition) to seek out its owner. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sony’s $2,900 robot dog now on sale in the U.S.," 20 Sep. 2018 For spectators, another big draw are the puppies, Roberts said. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dogs to make splash in diving competition," 10 July 2018 At least two of the puppies seemed to enjoy climbing on the students’ backs. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando yoga studio turns downward dog into puppy love," 16 June 2018 That’s around weaning age, the time when the puppies are abandoned by their mothers and need another caretaker to survive. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "This Is the Age When Puppies Are the Cutest, According to Science," 16 May 2018 The puppies were taken to Jackson County Animal Services and appeared, at least from a photo posted by Oregon State Police, to be in good condition. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Puppies rescued from hot trunk during Oregon traffic stop," 14 May 2018 Seniors, puppies and ailing dogs are better left at home, as are brachycephalic breeds, which often suffer from breathing difficulties. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Amid safety concerns, some pet owners embrace alternatives to flying," 30 Apr. 2018 Doodles, mixes and the big picture The rankings reflect puppies and other dogs newly registered in 2017. CBS News, "Top U.S. dog breeds: Labs lead, French bulldogs leap in popularity," 28 Mar. 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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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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