- one of a breed of very active dogs, probably originating in Germany but regarded as the national dog of France, having long, thick, frizzy or curly hair usually trimmed in standard patterns, occurring in three varieties (standard, miniature, and toy) differing only in size, and originally used as a water retriever.
Origin of poodle
Examples from the Web for poodle
And then there is Marissa; Annabelle says Marissa is like a poodle, “probably pink.”The ‘Real Housewives’ Land in London
May 15, 2014
Darren Criss of Glee guest stars in the video as the angry bulldog boyfriend of the poodle.From Katy Perry to Alice in Chains, the Best Music Videos of the Week
September 7, 2013
“I am as far from a harasser as you could be,” she said in a phone call from her home, as her poodle mix barked in the background.Archie Comics: Corporate Brawl Over-Sexual Harassment Charges
February 2, 2012
While Steinbeck journeyed with his loyal French poodle, Buzzell has only a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente as a companion.Great Weekend Reads
Malcolm Jones, Matt Gallagher, Saul Austerlitz, Sharon Steel
September 11, 2011
He insisted that far from being America's poodle on this, he was an enthusiastic collaborator with Mr. Bush.Tony Blair, Outcast
February 1, 2010
Mrs. Ranny asked with an enthusiasm hitherto reserved for her poodle.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
This trainer of bull-dogs was the submissive slave of a poodle.Ten Tales
The poodle remained with him a day or two, and then made his escape.Minnie's Pet Dog
Nor is this a solitary instance of the extraordinary sagacity of the poodle.
The sagacity of the poodle is strongly shown by the following fact.
- a breed of dog, with varieties of different sizes, having curly hair, which is often clipped from ribs to tail for showing: originally bred to hunt waterfowl
- a person who is servile; lackey
Word Origin and History for poodle
1808, from German Pudel, shortened form of Pudelhund "water dog," from Low German Pudel "puddle" (cf. pudeln "to splash;" see puddle (n.)) + German Hund "hound" (see hound (n.)). Probably so called because the dog was used to hunt water fowl. Figurative sense of "lackey" (chiefly British) is attested from 1907. Poodle-faker, British army slang for "ingratiating male," is from 1902, likely euphemistic.