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[pood-l] /ˈpud l/
one of a breed of very active dogs, probably originating in Germany but regarded as the national dog of France, having long, thick, frizzy or curly hair usually trimmed in standard patterns, occurring in three varieties (standard, miniature, and toy) differing only in size, and originally used as a water retriever.
Origin of poodle
1815-25; < German Pudel, short for Pudelhund, equivalent to pudel(n) to splash (see puddle) + Hund hound1 Unabridged
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  • For example, it may seem obvious that both a poodle and a pit bull are dogs.
  • He has a friend in the suburbs, who is a poodle owner.
  • Most are trendy toy breeds or designer poodle mixes in high demand.
  • To go from a standard poodle to a toy, it's fairly easily done.
  • My customary interaction with the animal kingdom involves strolling down sidewalks with a small apricot poodle.
  • Even though he is extremely large, a standard poodle, he makes himself as small as possible when in a room.
  • Heard of a lady whose toy poodle got upset and hid under her rudder peddles while she was attempting a crosswind landing.
  • The singing waitresses reflect the throwback era as well, decked out in poodle skirts and bouffant hair-dos.
British Dictionary definitions for poodle


a breed of dog, with varieties of different sizes, having curly hair, which is often clipped from ribs to tail for showing: originally bred to hunt waterfowl
a person who is servile; lackey
Word Origin
C19: from German Pudel, short for Pudelhund, from pudeln to splash + Hund dog; the dogs were formerly trained as water dogs; see puddle, hound1
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Word Origin and History for poodle

1808, from German Pudel, shortened form of Pudelhund "water dog," from Low German Pudel "puddle" (cf. pudeln "to splash;" see puddle (n.)) + German Hund "hound" (see hound (n.)). Probably so called because the dog was used to hunt water fowl. Figurative sense of "lackey" (chiefly British) is attested from 1907. Poodle-faker, British army slang for "ingratiating male," is from 1902, likely euphemistic.

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