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

Following a tip, police seized 25 dogs from a local pet shop after an inspection of the business revealed numerous puppies were being held in inadequate condition. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 12 June 2019 Bam Bam joined the family in 2017 (here’s a puppy pic, for no good reason other than adorableness) and has been at Bernthal’s side ever since, even in Esquire cover shoots and on stage at E3. Melissa Locker, Time, "A Relaxed Dog Named Bam Bam Is the New Talking Point of the Big Video Game Expo," 11 June 2019 It was started as a way to share pictures of the extremely photogenic puppy nephew. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Pupdate: Dog-centered social media accounts are taking the internet by storm," 10 June 2019 In an interview with Buzzfeed, which involved some seriously cute puppies, Turner joked that one of the dogs reminded her of her husband. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Just Made the Best Risqué Joke About Joe Jonas," 9 June 2019 Gonzalez is alleged to have sold 28 sick puppies to 25 families between February 2018 and April, prosecutors said. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "He sold near-death puppies to families for more than a year, prosecutors say. Now he’s facing criminal charges," 7 June 2019 The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning about a recent rise in scams targeting people looking to buy puppies. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Internet puppy scams on the rise, warns Better Business Bureau," 4 June 2019 Bringing a new puppy home is a very exciting moment for the whole family. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "How to Successfully Potty Train Your New Puppy," 4 June 2019 The puppy abode has a Brazilian teak roof with a long overhang that expertly blocks the high summer sun from your furry friend's eyes. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Chic Dog House Was Inspired By Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs," 22 May 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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