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puppy love

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noun
  1. temporary infatuation of a boy or girl for another person.
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Also called calf love.
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Examples from the Web for puppy love

Historical Examples

  • They're all alike; they can't understand having a straight friendship for a girl without it's being a puppy-love.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • I'm a man grown beyond the puppy-love stage, my dear—and the McKayes are not an impulsive race.

    Kindred of the Dust

    Peter B. Kyne

  • He and Helen had a puppy-love affair—they were engaged before Lane went to war.


British Dictionary definitions for puppy love

puppy love

noun
  1. another term for calf love
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Idioms and Phrases with puppy love

puppy love

Also, calf love. Adolescent love or infatuation, especially one that is not expected to last, as in Beth is besotted with him, but we think it's just puppy love, or He's got a bad case of calf love. [First half of 1800s]

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