Definition of puppy in English:

puppy

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌpi
 
/

noun (plural puppies)

1A young dog.
More example sentences
  • National charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, which has a training centre at Cliffe, near Selby, is appealing for volunteers to take in puppies and young dogs for anything up to six weeks.
  • Gates are optional, but if you have a puppy or a young dog, you will probably find them useful.
  • In her favour she's young, still a puppy in many ways, and an outdoor dog more than happy to run about in the rain for hours on end, so her constitution is strong.
1.1 dated A cheeky or arrogant boy or young man: you ungrateful puppy!
1.2 informal , chiefly North American A person or thing of a specified kind: these puppies were way over my budget

Origin

late 15th century (denoting a lapdog): perhaps from Old French poupee 'doll, plaything'; compare with puppet, synonymous with dialect puppy (as in puppy-show 'puppet show').

Derivatives

puppyhood

noun
More example sentences
  • Brandy, both deaf and arthritic, had been taught since puppyhood to address her bodily function on newspapers spread over a protective layer of plastic in strategic spots in the house.
  • This makes a change from Millie's recent revival of her hobby from early puppyhood, of bringing in pieces of bark from the garden and walking in and out of rooms while chewing and shedding broken pieces.
  • It's the life story of a guide-dog named Quill who we follow from puppyhood to retirement getting to see the mark he leaves behind on those he helps along the way.

puppyish

adjective
More example sentences
  • A self-described mama's boy, he combines a puppyish playfulness with an obsessive work ethic and a hardheaded understanding of the business of triathlon.
  • Evans starts his new Radio 2 show this weekend, with puppyish excitement and goodwill bursting from all sides.
  • My love for it is currently more like a puppyish affection.

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