EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun one of a breed of small, short-haired dogs having a tightly curled tail, a deeply wrinkled face, and a smooth coat that is black or silver and fawn with black markings. Origin of pug 1
First recorded in
1560–70; origin uncertain Related forms pug·gi·ness, noun pug·gish, pug·gy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for puggy Historical Examples of puggy
"Give me my
puggy darling," she said in her loud, shrill tone.
But he snapped at
Puggy as we came down, which was a sign he felt it.
Perhaps the Goat is thinking of succeeding her
Puggy in the rhetoric chair!
I am to let you stay and grind through the afternoon for them and for my
He called it "
puggy," which is Scottish for monkey, because it jumped about so. British Dictionary definitions for puggy adjective -gier or -giest Word Origin for puggy
pug ² noun Also called: carlin a small compact breed of dog with a smooth coat, lightly curled tail, and a short wrinkled nose any of several small geometrid moths, mostly of the genus Eupithecia, with slim forewings held outstretched at rest Derived Forms puggish, adjective Word Origin for pug
C16: of uncertain origin
verb pugs, pugging or pugged (tr) to mix or knead (clay) with water to form a malleable mass or paste, often in a pug mill to fill or stop with clay or a similar substance (of cattle) to trample (the ground) into consolidated mud Word Origin for pug
C19: of uncertain origin
Word Origin for pug
C20: shortened from
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Word Origin and History for puggy n.
1560s, general term of endearment (also
puggy), probably related to puck (n.2); one of the earliest senses is "sprite, imp" (1610s). The sense of "miniature dog" is from 1749 ( pug-dog); that of "monkey" is 1660s. The word at various times meant "a bargeman" (1590s), "a harlot" (c.1600), and "an upper servant in a great house" (1847).
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