Definition of poodle in English:


Line breaks: poo¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈpuːd(ə)l


  • 1A dog of a breed with a curly coat that is usually clipped.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1British 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 Back to top  
  • 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).

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