Definition of poodle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpuːd(ə)l/


1A dog of a breed (of which there are several varieties) with a curly coat that is often ornamentally clipped. Poodle breeds are classified by size: see standard poodle, miniature poodle, toy poodle.
Example sentences
  • The dogs included shih-tzus, dachshunds, Lhasa apsos, bearded collies, corgis, chihuahuas, poodles, Pekinese and Yorkshire terriers.
  • We don't want our nation overrun by a host of poodles, corgis or pit bull terriers.
  • Make room for doodles, the latest designer dogs - a mix of a poodle with another breed.
2British A person or organization who is overly willing to obey another: the council is being made a poodle of central government
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  • It is well known that the US government - like that of her British poodle - favour universities as a method of recruiting spies.
  • The clean, dry perfumes of newsprint, ink and decent analysis are replaced by the whiff of political poodles marking their territories.
  • Blair, content with a kennel full of poodles in the Commons, will never allow such a thing.


[no object, with adverbial of direction] British informal
Move or travel in a leisurely manner: the chap who just wants to poodle along the road at 50 mph
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  • And now I'm just poodling around until the dance tonight.
  • Spent the day sleeping, reading comics, forgetting I'd read them, and poodling around on the computer.
  • Even now, with the incredibly busy life I lead, if I get time between appointments I will just go and poodle.


Early 19th century: from German Pudel(hund), from Low German pud(d)eln 'splash in water' (the poodle being a water-dog).

Words that rhyme with poodle

boodle, caboodle, canoodle, doodle, feudal, noodle, strudel, udal
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