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noun,plural pup·pies.
  1. a young dog, especially one less than a year old.

  2. Fox Hunting. a foxhound that has hunted regularly for less than one season.

  1. a presuming, conceited, or empty-headed young man.

Origin of puppy

First recorded in 1480–90; earlier popi; see origin at puppet, -y2

Other words from puppy

  • pup·py·hood, pup·py·dom, noun
  • pup·py·ish, adjective
  • pup·py·like, adjective

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How to use puppy in a sentence

  • If this be so, doubtless there must likewise be the ghosts of dogs (what "droll dogs" they must be), also of puppies, and asses.

  • It is said that the Asturian women never part from the puppies that they have fed from their own breasts.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
  • I think so too,” replied Edward; “see if you can get two puppies, one for Humphrey, and one for myself.

  • With this pair Michael became intimate, as one becomes intimate with two puppies.

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  • All these miserable puppies are allowed to grow up to a starved wretched existence, a misery to themselves and everyone else.

British Dictionary definitions for puppy


/ (ˈpʌpɪ) /

nounplural -pies
  1. a young dog; pup

  2. informal, derogatory a brash or conceited young man; pup

Origin of puppy

C15 popi, from Old French popée doll; compare puppet

Derived forms of puppy

  • puppyhood, noun
  • puppyish, adjective

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