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puppy

[puhp-ee]
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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.
  3. pup(def 2).
  4. a presuming, conceited, or empty-headed young man.
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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

doganimalpupdandycoxcombwhelpfopcanine

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  • Of course the puppy barked; of course the skunk did not like it.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • All was as merry as a marriage bell, and might have continued so but for that puppy Sim.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • I opened the door of his cage and, snatching the puppy, fled.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • Then their noses touched, and he felt the warm little tongue of the puppy on his jowl.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He was a good runner, swifter than any puppy of his size, and swifter than Lip-lip.

    White Fang

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for puppy

puppy

noun plural -pies
  1. a young dog; pup
  2. informal, derogatory a brash or conceited young man; pup
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Derived Formspuppyhood, nounpuppyish, adjective

Word Origin

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

n.

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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