puppy

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

Examples of puppy in a Sentence

Our dog just had four puppies.

Recent Examples on the Web

The puppies were taken Wednesday night from the Family Dog Rescue shelter in the Bayview neighborhood. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Sick pit bull puppy stolen from SF shelter found in east Oakland," 1 Sep. 2019 Local police responded and took the puppies to animal services. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Coachella woman sentenced to jail for dumping puppies in the trash," 15 Aug. 2019 Because of their age, the puppies would've likely gotten sick in the shelter, Fang said. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Rescue group mustache you a question: Is this Dallas puppy the cutest thing ever?," 2 Aug. 2019 Both the puppies and piglets oriented toward and touched the experimenter with equal frequency. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Pet pigs can communicate with humans—especially when food is involved," 11 July 2019 The puppies faced euthanasia until an organization stepped in to help. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "The city animal shelter is full. Again. Here's why, and how you can help," 3 July 2019 Biden adopted Major, a German Shepherd, from the Delaware Humane Association in November after fostering the puppy for months. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "Meet the dogs of the 2020 presidential race," 1 July 2019 The puppies have homes and now their mom is looking for a new home with a yard and a brother dog. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pet of the week looking for home with yard and brother dog," 29 June 2019 There was a wood stove burning and the puppy from that basket ran out to greet me. Cathy Free, Washington Post, "This woman has been on a three-year road trip documenting acts of kindness," 24 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for puppy

puppy

noun

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

puppy

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

Kids Definition of puppy

: a young dog

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