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 puppy (audio) \ noun
puppyish \ ˈpə-​pē-​ish How to pronounce puppy (audio) \ adjective
puppylike \ ˈpə-​pē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce puppy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of puppy in a Sentence

Our dog just had four puppies.
Recent Examples on the Web This six-month-old German Shepherd pandemic puppy couldn’t resist trying to urge her human to go for an additional walk on this day. cleveland, 19 June 2021 Handing me a lottery ticket, puppy, plant, or first edition of my favorite book is in. Sara K. Runnel, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 The puppy in the spotlight, Kota, belongs to a couple wearing vintage overalls and Birkenstocks who arrived in a Range Rover. Antonia Hitchens, Town & Country, 29 Aug. 2021 But Herkimer, the couple’s 14-month-old puppy, jumped out of the truck and began running toward the officer. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 To help guide puppy owners through this critical time, Smith developed Pupdates, a 52-week email service that guides owners through that first year, offering advice on sleep, play and more. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 23 Aug. 2021 Insuring your dog or puppy with a pet insurance policy can help cover treatments and procedures during an emergency and save you money on expensive vet bills. Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Aug. 2021 The 14-week-old puppy, named River, caught the eye of Shannon Connery and Anthony Altadonna and was renamed Obi on the spot. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2021 Better Human Better Dog, where Millan helps two first-time pet owners work with their 7-month-old puppy Angelo. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 6 Aug. 2021

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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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“Puppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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


pup·​py | \ ˈpə-pē How to pronounce puppy (audio) \
plural puppies

Kids Definition of puppy

: a young dog

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