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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.


  1. puppy

    A puppy is a young, typically newly born, domestic dog of any breed. They are known for their playful nature, high energy levels, and need for training and socialization. Puppies are often sought after as pets due to their cuteness, small size, and potential for bonding and companionship as they grow into adult dogs.

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. Brian Williams:

    I remember one such house fire .?.?. conducting a search on my hands and knees, when I felt something warm, squishy and furry on the floor of a closet, i instinctively tucked it in my coat. When I got outside, I saw two small eyes staring up at me, and I returned the 3-week-old and very scared puppy to its grateful owners.

  2. Brandi Hunter:

    Dog ownership is a journey, for the last year, people have kind of gotten a different version of the journey. If you either bought a puppy or rescued one — or an adult dog — during the pandemic, you have a dog who is completely used to you being home for the most part.

  3. Nicole Ellis:

    That's the time we can look back and be like,' A puppy( with a) Covid-related name, did you get him during Covid ?' and now we have a great conversation starter.

  4. Amy Roberts:

    Even just one puppy is critical because now Brave and Diego's genes are represented in that puppy, if they don't have more litters, this little pup is even more critical. Especially when you're talking about a small population, you want to make sure you capture everybody's genes.

  5. Debra Chandler:

    It started when she was just an eight-week-old puppy and we bought her a skateboard just for a laugh, really, ive seen bulldogs in the U.S. skateboarding but none over here and thought it would be great if she took to it.

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