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 According to Animal Services Director Lydia Sattler, the puppy should not have any future health problems. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "2-Year-Old Boy Adopts Shelter Dog with Same Birth Defect: 'They Instantly Loved Each Other'," 8 Sep. 2020 Her husband and daughter had vaguely heard the commotion but assumed their puppy had knocked over a trash can or something. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "‘Pure evil in his eyes’: Rape victim speaks out after suspect’s 2nd attack in Jefferson County," 21 Aug. 2020 Similarly, when Prince Harry and Meghan adopted a black Lab in 2018, the couple kept their puppy's name a mystery. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Dog's Name Is Finally Revealed," 19 Aug. 2020 On July 27, a Westminster Drive resident called police about his puppy. John Benson, cleveland, "Unhappy resident calls police about puppy ordered online: Parma Police Blotter," 5 Aug. 2020 It's been a long adoption journey for Bowie, who was born in 2014 while in the care of Gateway Pet Guardians and was originally adopted as a puppy. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "St. Louis Shelter Dog Finally Finds Forever Home After 1,250 Days in Foster Care," 31 Aug. 2020 At an apartment building across the street, two women are playing with a puppy. Bill Glauber, USA TODAY, "'It's surreal in the worst possible way': Kenosha reels after Jacob Blake shooting and a week of violence," 30 Aug. 2020 At an apartment building across the street, two women are playing with a puppy. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It's surreal in the worst possible way': Kenosha reels after Jacob Blake shooting and a week of violence," 29 Aug. 2020 Paw Bixby - A puppy ready to play Absolutely adorable, a bundle of energy, and always willing to go on a new adventure, Bixby is the epitome of living life to the fullest. The Arizona Republic, "Gouda and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 14 Aug. 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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15 Sep 2020

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“Puppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for puppy

puppy

noun
How to pronounce puppy (audio)

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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