or lap dog

[ lap-dawg, dog ]

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

  2. a person or group that submits to the influence of another; a servile follower: Regulatory agencies are supposed to be watchdogs, but some have become lapdogs of the industries they oversee.

Origin of lapdog

First recorded in 1635–45; lap1 + dog

Words Nearby lapdog Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lapdog in a sentence

  • She patted the hand which he had laid upon the arm of her chair, very much as if it had been a pet lapdog.

    The Gold Brick | Ann S. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for lapdog


/ (ˈlæpˌdɒɡ) /

  1. a pet dog small and docile enough to be cuddled in the lap

  2. informal a person who attaches himself to someone in admiration or infatuation

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