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

With a $200 deductible, premiums for a mixed breed puppy in Manhattan would cost $76, Mr. Houk said. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "As Veterinary Bills Add Up, More Pet Owners Opt for Insurance," 24 Aug. 2018 Fergus, a 6-month-old Fidelco Guide Dog puppy-in-training strolled the grounds with Kelly, who was happy to tell people about the program. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Wethersfield Farmers Market In Full Swing," 12 June 2018 Police said owners of the dachshund, named Oscar, were walking the dog and a neighbor’s puppy in an alley when the pit bull, named Pepper, got out of its yard and attacked Oscar. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Police reports: Dachshund injured after it is attacked by pit bull in Elmwood Park," 8 June 2018 The first breeding pair of wolves ever in California had five puppies in the spring of 2015, all of them sporting distinctive black coats. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wolves in Northern California aren’t just loping through anymore; they’re here to stay," 9 May 2018 The trail to justice for the puppies ran from Colombia, through Spain, to the United States. New York Times, "Veterinarian Charged With Smuggling Heroin Inside Puppies," 1 May 2018 Large-breed puppies in particular need more nutrients that support musculoskeletal growth, according to the AKC. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Dog Food You Can Buy for Your Pup," 13 Apr. 2018 The woman placed the puppy in its carrier in the overhead bin, but when the flight arrived in New York the animal was no longer breathing. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "A year after the infamous United dragging incident, has anything changed for airlines travelers?," 9 Apr. 2018 The operators sell puppies in pet stores, online or directly to the public in flea markets or through classified ads. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Doggy psychics called after Noblesville poodle rescued from puppy mill goes missing," 2 Apr. 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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