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.

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All but one puppy survived the birth and 19-mile ride home to Peters’ Slow Turtle Farm, a dairy goat farm near Eustis, where Lady is guardian to a herd of 150 goats. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Sweet 16! Great Pyrenees dog gives birth to 16 pups.," 24 June 2019 Picking a single favorite Reese Witherspoon look from the past 20 years of her Hollywood fame is like picking your favorite dessert, or lipstick, or breed of puppy, or child. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "The One Product Reese Witherspoon Says Transformed Her Skin," 10 June 2019 In other words, a puppy or younger dog will probably have more energy than an older dog, and a Chihuahua probably won't be able to walk the same distance as a Border Collie. Texas A&m College Of Veterinary Medicine, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Include your dog in your exercise plans," 6 Feb. 2018 Crates also comes in handy for pet parents who are training a puppy or hosting a crowded party. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Stylish Pet Furniture Picks," 22 Jan. 2018 One rescue puppy has moved from the streets to the spotlight to a forever home – in a matter of months. Kalin Kipling, sacbee, "One pup captured more than the spotlight at the ‘Puppy Bowl.’ He won his new mom’s heart.," 8 Jan. 2018 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

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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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