noun, plural pup·pies.

a young dog, especially one less than a year old.
Fox Hunting. a foxhound that has hunted regularly for less than one season.
a presuming, conceited, or empty-headed young man.

Origin of puppy

1480–90; earlier popi. See puppet, -y2
Related formspup·py·hood, pup·py·dom, nounpup·py·ish, adjectivepup·py·like, adjective
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Related Words for puppies

dog, animal, pup, dandy, coxcomb, whelp, fop, canine

Examples from the Web for puppies

Contemporary Examples of puppies

Historical Examples of puppies

  • Two puppies were carried in a basket, one of which the Princess accepted as a gift.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Even at this stage there was a certain individuality of character among the puppies.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • A second and smaller sled was driven by Mit-sah, and to this was harnessed a team of puppies.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He never played and gambolled about with the other puppies of the camp.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • A sound had reached her, a sound which had nothing to do with the two puppies, or the hens, outside.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for puppies


noun plural -pies

a young dog; pup
informal, derogatory a brash or conceited young man; pup
Derived Formspuppyhood, nounpuppyish, adjective

Word Origin for puppy

C15 popi, from Old French popée doll; compare puppet
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Word Origin and History for puppies



late 15c., "woman's small pet dog," of uncertain origin but likely from Middle French poupée "doll, toy" (see puppet). Meaning shifted from "toy dog" to "young dog" (1590s), replacing Middle English whelp. In early use in English puppet and puppy were not always distinct from each other. Also used about that time in sense of "vain young man." Puppy-dog first attested 1590s (in Shakespeare, puppi-dogges). Puppy love is from 1823. Puppy fat is from 1937.

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