puppy love

noun

Definition of puppy love

: transitory love or affection felt by a child or adolescent

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Over the years, puppy love developed into real love and, now, soon-to-be marital bliss in 2020. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "She wrote about him in her fifth-grade diary. Now she's marrying him — in a $25,000 wedding they won.," 3 July 2019 This is puppy love and the performers need to look right in those roles. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "At Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, the 1950s become timeless in revival of 'Grease'," 21 June 2019 United Airlines passengers aboard flight 3996 were likely feeling no puppy love for the carrier as their March 15 flight from Newark, N.J. to St. Louis was diverted to Akron, Ohio to deplane a dog that had been accidentally loaded onto the aircraft. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "United Airlines flight diverted after dog was loaded on the wrong plane," 17 Mar. 2018 And if that weren't enough, there's also some puppy love coming through on her Twitter hashtags, #TeamEmma and #EmmaMertens. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Terminally Ill Girl in Wisconsin Just Wants Letters From Your Dog," 28 Feb. 2019 There are bouts of puppy love (and more intense crushes), plenty of witty garbles from Sunny, and some Broadway-worthy performances from Harris (the end of episode three might be the grandest of them all). Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," 29 Mar. 2018 Ohio's feeling the puppy love -- the state may soon name the Labrador retriever as its official dog. Christina Kline, CNN, "Quickly catch up on the day's news," 20 Mar. 2018 An Idaho family was feeling no puppy love for the carrier after a Delta flight mix-up delivered the wrong dog, and sent their new puppy on a cross-country adventure across three cities. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Delta sends puppy to the wrong destination," 20 Mar. 2018 The designers will also be doing an appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue on March 13 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. McCollough and Hernandez spoke to the Cut about their favorite scents including baby powder, New Mexico incense, and puppy love. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Proenza Schouler Loves the Scent of Crayons and Puppies," 12 Mar. 2018

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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puppy love

noun

English Language Learners Definition of puppy love

: romantic love that is felt by a child or teenager and that is not considered by adults to be real love

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