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puppy

[ puhp-ee ]
/ ˈpʌp i /
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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.
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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, nounpup·py·ish, adjectivepup·py·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for puppy

puppy
/ (ˈpʌpɪ) /

noun plural -pies
a young dog; pup
informal, derogatory a brash or conceited young man; pup

Derived forms of puppy

puppyhood, nounpuppyish, adjective

Word Origin for puppy

C15 popi, from Old French popée doll; compare puppet
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