- 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 puppy
Who went to a school where she was allowed to take her puppy to gym class, and her best friend played the didgeridoo.Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
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I carried the puppy up the hill, stumbling under the weight.
A neighbor woman came out from behind her screen door and told me to leave the puppy out in the street.
And she is focused on her so-far-unsuccessful quest to get a puppy from her mothers or Santa Claus or anyone who will listen.My Daughter Is Bossy—But Don’t Call Her That
March 12, 2014
Some people in my watch party advocated for a change of channel to something called “Puppy Bowl.”The Impossible Super Bowl Score: First 43-8 Football Game in a Century
February 3, 2014
All was as merry as a marriage bell, and might have continued so but for that puppy Sim.
Of course the puppy barked; of course the skunk did not like it.
I opened the door of his cage and, snatching the puppy, fled.
Then their noses touched, and he felt the warm little tongue of the puppy on his jowl.
He had had experience in puppy fights and was already something of a bully.
- a young dog; pup
- informal, derogatory a brash or conceited young man; pup
Word Origin and History for puppy
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.