ˌshä-ˈpā How to pronounce shar-pei (audio)
plural shar-pei also shar-peis
often capitalized S&P
: any of an ancient breed of dogs originating in China that have loose wrinkled skin especially when young, a short bristly coat, blue-black tongue, and wide blunt muzzle

Word History


Chinese (Guangdong) sand + péi fur

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shar-pei was in 1975

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“Shar-pei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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