puppy dog

noun

: a domestic dog
especially : one having the lovable attributes of a puppy

Examples of puppy dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kangaroo Jack This goofball dog makes new people smile with his floppy ears and puppy dog eyes. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 He's got a puppy dog look to his face, particularly in that movie. Clark Collis, EW.com, 12 Apr. 2023 If big, doe eyes are your goal, puppy dog eyeliner may be your new favorite application method. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 Healthy Breeds Shih Tzu Puppy Dog Multivitamin Tablet As one of the most adorable and beloved breeds out there, the Shih Tzu puppy dog deserves all the care and attention in the world. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2023 How about giving it a shot? Animal Themed Homecoming Proposals No live animals are required for these ideas, but a set of puppy dog eyes certainly does help secure a HoCo date. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 16 May 2023 In this photo taken on set for their new film, Sydney is again flaunting those puppy dog eyes towards Glen. Naydeline Mejia, Women's Health, 6 May 2023 Clayton looked like a sad puppy dog. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 8 Mar. 2022 The evolution of ‘puppy dog eyes’ June 18, 201901:09 To determine whether the tendency to interact with humans was innate, Bray and her colleagues ran several experiments with 375 8-week-old puppies who had little previous one-on-one experience with humans. NBC News, 3 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puppy dog was circa 1616

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“Puppy dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy%20dog. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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