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

DeGeneres said the poodle puppy, Mrs. Wallis Browning, was kept in a cage outside in the desert before she was rescued Video Player is loading. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Ellen DeGeneres Introduces New Rescue Puppy: 'She's So Cute, I Can't Even Take It'," 17 Sep. 2019 The group is training 14 puppies, with more on the way. Laurel Demkovich, chicagotribune.com, "Virginia police’s newest - and furriest - recruits to help first responders cope with stress of job," 10 Sep. 2019 The group is training 14 puppies, with more on the way. Laurel Demkovich, Washington Post, "Fairfax County police’s newest — and furriest — recruits to help first responders cope with stress of job," 1 Sep. 2019 Two of the puppies, purebred female huskies, were offered for sale online for $800 each. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Sick pit bull puppy stolen from SF shelter found in east Oakland," 1 Sep. 2019 The college has added Shenzi, a black Labrador puppy, as the college’s therapy dog to help those going through a personal tragedy or loss. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 Crow says the horses — plus a cat, a puppy, two turtles, the turkeys — help keep her young sons from being subsumed by technology. Jenn Pelly, Los Angeles Times, "At home with Sheryl Crow, a widely beloved, and wildly underappreciated, rock star," 21 Aug. 2019 Cats probably won't require as much time as dogs — particularly puppies, which need lots of one-on-one time for house training and socialization. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "10 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet, According to an Animal Adoption Manager," 19 Aug. 2019 At the birthday party, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo presented Keyla’s family a certificate to pick up a golden retriever puppy, with care paid for. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive.com, "Remembering Keyla, 13, the bullied girl with autism, gunned down at Gilroy Garlic Festival," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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