lap dog



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

Nearby words

  1. lap belt,
  2. lap child,
  3. lap dance,
  4. lap dancing,
  5. lap dissolve,
  6. lap joint,
  7. lap link,
  8. lap of honour,
  9. lap of luxury, in the,
  10. lap of the gods, in the

Origin of lap dog

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

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British Dictionary definitions for lapdog



a pet dog small and docile enough to be cuddled in the lap
informal a person who attaches himself to someone in admiration or infatuation
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Word Origin and History for lapdog



also lap-dog, 1640s, from lap (n.) + dog (n.); figurative sense of "subservient person" is by 1950.

Senator McCarthy (R-Wis) renewed his Communists-in-Government charges today and called Senator Tydings (D-Md) the Truman administration's "whimpering lap dog." [AP news story, Aug. 7, 1950]
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