pup·​py | \ ˈpə-pē \
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 \ noun
puppyish \ ˈpə-​pē-​ish \ adjective
puppylike \ ˈpə-​pē-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of puppy in a Sentence

Our dog just had four puppies.

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But like a good devil that greets you with puppies and all things great in this world. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "People Swear By This Green Tea Mattress On Amazon," 18 Oct. 2018 From the half pipe to stairs, this puppy and his skateboard can handle it all! Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Court: No, Blue Ash did not violate skateboarder's constitutional right to 'personal enjoyment'," 29 Mar. 2018 Her pictures trace the companionship of a boy and his puppy through the years—and through variants of a single color—to the true blue period, when the boy is a young man and the dog has reached the end of his life. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Best of 2018," 7 Dec. 2018 Take your puppy for a hike and offer Ms. Limpy-Legs a delicious soup bone to gnaw in your absence. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, "Will Your Old Dog Feel Unloved with a New Puppy Around?," 4 Apr. 2018 Lana arrived at the shelter as a transfer from an overcrowded shelter in Sacramento, Calif., with a litter of puppies. Peggy Calhoun, idahostatesman, "Canyon County Pet of the Week: Lana," 8 July 2018 Earlier this year, $3,000 worth of puppies were stolen from a pet store at Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Police seek man suspected of stealing puppy from Glendale mall," 28 June 2018 And not only more images, but ones designed to draw attention, like photos of cute puppies? Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Rules of the Gym, According to the Hot Dudes of ‘Insecure’," 15 June 2018 About half of his posts on Twitter include photos of puppies that need to be rescued. Randy Harvey, latimes.com, "Poor ESPN? Poor Yankees? Which side did you cheer for in this networking battle?," 6 June 2018

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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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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 \
plural puppies

Kids Definition of puppy

: a young dog

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