poodle

[ pood-l ]
/ ˈpud l /

noun

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

1815–25; < German Pudel, short for Pudelhund, equivalent to pudel(n) to splash (see puddle) + Hund hound1
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poodle

/ (ˈpuːdəl) /

noun

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 for poodle

C19: from German Pudel, short for Pudelhund, from pudeln to splash + Hund dog; the dogs were formerly trained as water dogs; see puddle, hound 1
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