pup·​py ˈpə-pē How to pronounce puppy (audio)
plural puppies
: a young domestic dog
specifically : one less than a year old
: baby sense 4
a computer that is one fast puppy
puppyhood noun
puppyish adjective
puppylike adjective

Examples of puppy in a Sentence

Our dog just had four puppies.
Recent Examples on the Web The reception also included puppies to warm up the crowd. Clayton Davis, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Cabral lifted a plastic cover, revealing a mass of wriggling puppies, just a few days old. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Videos show other puppies in training, including a bloodhound named Coffee and an explosives detection dog named Dumpling. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 Groot, a 3-month-old puppy previously featured in this series, was recently adopted by a loving family, according to MADACC. Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 Like Selina Kyle being nibbled into Catwoman by her alley cats, Doug’s origin story involves a nurturing puppy pile and a preternatural ability to communicate with the army of mutts who, hilariously, do his bidding like henchmen in a gangster movie. Jen Yamato, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 Investigators served a search warrant on the Goble home Friday, March 22, after someone reported the resident was freezing litters of puppies as snake food, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 24 Mar. 2024 Her child Ace stands next to Kat, holding one of the family dogs, while daughter Kat stands behind her siblings, holding a second puppy. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 Additionally, a firefighter was able to rescue a puppy that had been hiding in a corner of the building. Sarah Al-Arshani, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Middle English popi, from Middle French poupée doll, toy, from *poupe

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of puppy was in 1567

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Cite this Entry

“Puppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


pup·​py ˈpəp-ē How to pronounce puppy (audio)
plural puppies
: a young domestic dog
especially : one less than a year old

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