lap dog


a small pet dog that can easily be held in the lap.

Origin of lap dog

First recorded in 1635–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lap dog

instrument, minion, puppet

Examples from the Web for lap dog

Historical Examples of lap dog

  • A lap-dog, a lady's toy, with a piping voice and an eye for mischief.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Who would refuse to kiss a lap-dog, if it were preliminary to the lips of his lady?

  • He was no more for such enterprises than your lap-dog for bull-baiting.

    The Lady of Loyalty House

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

  • Fenn's been her lap-dog round here—takes her out to dine and that.

    The Devil's Paw

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • I called one day on Mrs ——, and her lap-dog flew at my leg and bit it.