On the fashion shoot beforehand, he was puppyish energy and charm—no diva-ishness, just fast, funny, and co-operative.
Craft and cunning replaced mere curiosity and puppyish egoism.
At last he found the flesh; and a puppyish snarl rose in his throat.
The genial, playful, puppyish side of him found little expression.
Duckfoot, who'd shed most of his puppyish ways, crawled disconsolately into his sleeping box.
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.