- a young dog, especially one less than a year old.
- Fox Hunting. a foxhound that has hunted regularly for less than one season.
- pup(def 2).
- a presuming, conceited, or empty-headed young man.
Origin of puppy
Examples from the Web for puppies
He saves the helpless from burning buildings and puppies from untimely deaths.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
She became vegan, “inspired by a love of puppies and a cow that winked at me on a family vacation.”Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
September 26, 2014
Today she was letting her two puppies, Dex and Didi, run in the park.A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists
Thomas A. Bass
April 6, 2014
The puppies come from more than 20 shelters across the country—Artemis came from Puerto Rico, just for the occasion.
Handlers bring the puppies down in waves to prevent them from getting too tired, freaked out, or antsy while filming.
Two puppies were carried in a basket, one of which the Princess accepted as a gift.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Even at this stage there was a certain individuality of character among the puppies.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
A second and smaller sled was driven by Mit-sah, and to this was harnessed a team of puppies.
He never played and gambolled about with the other puppies of the camp.
A sound had reached her, a sound which had nothing to do with the two puppies, or the hens, outside.The Law-Breakers
- a young dog; pup
- informal, derogatory a brash or conceited young man; pup
Word Origin and History for puppies
late 15c., "woman's small pet dog," of uncertain origin but likely from Middle French poupée "doll, toy" (see puppet). Meaning shifted from "toy dog" to "young dog" (1590s), replacing Middle English whelp. In early use in English puppet and puppy were not always distinct from each other. Also used about that time in sense of "vain young man." Puppy-dog first attested 1590s (in Shakespeare, puppi-dogges). Puppy love is from 1823. Puppy fat is from 1937.