[ puhp-ee ]
/ ˈpʌp i /

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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British Dictionary definitions for puppy


/ (ˈpʌpɪ) /

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 puppy



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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