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ˈpʌp ipup·py

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puppynoun

    a young dog

  2. puppy, pupnoun

    an inexperienced young person


  1. puppynoun

    A young dog.

  2. puppynoun

    A young rat.

  3. puppynoun

    A young seal.

  4. puppynoun

    A woman's breast.

  5. puppynoun

    A (generic) thing; particularly something that is a nuisance; a sucker.

    I have another two dozen of these puppies to finish before I can go home.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Puppynoun

    Etymology: poupée, Fr.

    Talks as familiarly of roaring lions,
    As maids of thirteen do of puppy dogs. William Shakespeare.

    The rogues slighted me into the river with as little remorse, as they would have drowned a bitch’s blind puppies, fifteen i’ th’ litter. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The sow to the bitch says, your puppies are all blind. Roger L'Estrange.

    Nature does the puppy ’s eyelid close,
    Till the bright sun has nine times set and rose. John Gay.

    I shall laugh myself to death at this puppy headed monster; a most scurvy monster! William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Thus much I have added, because there are some puppies which have given it out. Walter Raleigh.

    I found my place taken up by an ill-bred aukward puppy, with a money bag under each arm. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

  2. To Puppyverb

    To bring whelps.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. Puppy

    A puppy is a juvenile dog. Some puppies can weigh 1–1.5 kg (2.2–3.3 lb), while larger ones can weigh up to 7–11 kg (15–24 lb). All puppies display primary altriciality and healthy puppies grow quickly after birth. A puppy's coat color may change as the puppy grows older, as is commonly seen in breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier. Puppy refers specifically to young dogs, while pup may be used for other animals such as wolves, seals, giraffes, guinea pigs, rats or sharks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puppynoun

    the young of a canine animal, esp. of the common dog; a whelp

  2. Puppynoun

    a name of contemptuous reproach for a conceited and impertinent person

  3. Puppyverb

    to bring forth whelps; to pup

  4. Etymology: [F. poupe doll, puppet. See Puppet, and cf. Pup, n.]


  1. Puppy

    A puppy is a juvenile dog. Some puppies may weigh 1–3 lb, while larger ones can weigh up to 15–23 lb. All healthy puppies grow quickly after birth. A puppy's coat color may change as the puppy grows older, as is commonly seen in breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier. In vernacular English, puppy refers specifically to dogs while pup may often be used for other mammals such as seals, giraffes, guinea pigs, or even rats.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Puppy

    pup′i, n. a doll: a young dog: a whelp: a conceited young man.—adj. Pupp′y-head′ed (Shak.), stupid.—n. Pupp′yhood, the condition of being a puppy.—adj. Pupp′yish.—n. Pupp′yism, conceit in men. [Fr. poupée, a doll or puppet—L. pupa.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of puppy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of puppy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of puppy in a Sentence

  1. Laurie Johnson:

    We do a lot of work on our end ahead of Puppy Bowl to make sure that our dogs are socialized, that they’re happy, that they can handle bright lights and loud noises, and all those things that you see on a TV set.

  2. Jennifer Smith:

    I was a little panicked because I didn't know how long John Burley had been in the shelter or if John Burley had already been adopted to another family. It's Christmas time and people get animals, i told John I have a 13-year-old dog Jennifer Smith who I've had since a puppy, so I fully understand the panic. It made my heart sad for him and Boomer.

  3. Clay Luthy:

    I got [Charlotte] as a puppy, and she was never supposed to be a service dog, i found out a couple years ago she was alerting me, and I didn’t even know it.

  4. Parsons Police:

    She left her purebred German shepherd in a fenced backyard with water, food, outbuilding, and it was an unseasonably beautiful day here in Parsons, about 73 degrees outside. She went to lay down, caught some shut-eye, woke up, went outside and she found the carcass of her beautiful little puppy, the head had been severed, the head has not yet been recovered. And also we found the muzzle of the animal.

  5. British Journalist Katie Hopkins:

    We give fat really cute names, don't we ? we have baby weight, puppy fat, love handles, muffin top, chunky monkey -- ultimately these are all nice names for something that's not very nice... You're supporting Kelly Clarkson because everybody likes to have a fat friend, because the great thing about a fat friend is it makes you feel slimmer.

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