puppy love


: transitory love or affection felt by a child or adolescent

Examples of puppy love in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet no amount of dancing, reading, meditating, or even puppy love could fully silence the negativity of her inner voice. Jessica Cruel, Allure, 2 May 2024 And no amount of puppy love can salvage the woof-worthy dialogue. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2024 Kevin Costner is getting some puppy love for Valentine's Day. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 Based on the 2005 bestselling book, Marley & Me had the potential to come across as a mawkish tale of puppy love, but instead is told as a heartwarming story of friendship, loss, and letting go. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 14 Nov. 2023 Or some people say your first love is puppy love, but your second love is the real love, and there are only two loves. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 12 Dec. 2023 Add a jack-o'-lantern with your dog's breed for some puppy love on Halloween. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Sep. 2023 Its first exhibition on dog portraits shows that heaven on earth is a dog’s pure, total love. Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney is the Wallace Collection’s version of museum love in return for thousands of years of puppy love from humanity’s best friend. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 16 Sep. 2023 Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds may be gearing up to celebrate 11 years married this weekend, but their puppy love is still going strong. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of puppy love was in 1823

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“Puppy love.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppy%20love. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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