Check out new words added to


[puhp-ee] /ˈpʌp i/
noun, plural puppies.
a young dog, especially one less than a year old.
Fox Hunting. a foxhound that has hunted regularly for less than one season.
pup (def 2).
a presuming, conceited, or empty-headed young man.
Origin of puppy
1480-90; earlier popi. See puppet, -y2
Related forms
puppyhood, puppydom, noun
puppyish, adjective
puppylike, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for puppies
  • Dinosaur descendants are obviously cute, wrinkly puppies.
  • And, if these don't work as sleep-inducers, you can always use them to name puppies with.
  • It's as if they are suddenly wounded puppies on their way to the pound, never to be seen again.
  • But years of hand-picked puppies has led to an amazing amount of skull diversity in dogs.
  • As of this winter the biologists had counted sixty-one wild-born puppies.
  • They are large and yellow, and include a litter of yelping puppies who play and tumble around.
  • Another thing that he is fond of is puppies what have big eyes.
  • On the walls around him were some color printouts of kittens and puppies sitting in lines.
  • Glowing puppies have already been created, and there is talk of glowing trees and even glowing food.
  • Even biker gangs tend to turn into shy little smiling puppies when an outsider approaches them.
British Dictionary definitions for puppies


noun (pl) -pies
a young dog; pup
(informal, derogatory) a brash or conceited young man; pup
Derived Forms
puppyhood, noun
puppyish, adjective
Word Origin
C15 popi, from Old French popée doll; compare puppet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for puppies



late 15c., "woman's small pet dog," of uncertain origin but likely from Middle French poupée "doll, toy" (see puppet). Meaning shifted from "toy dog" to "young dog" (1590s), replacing Middle English whelp. In early use in English puppet and puppy were not always distinct from each other. Also used about that time in sense of "vain young man." Puppy-dog first attested 1590s (in Shakespeare, puppi-dogges). Puppy love is from 1823. Puppy fat is from 1937.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for puppies



The feet; dogs (1923+)


  1. A wimp or softie: You're such a puppy
  2. A thing or part of a thing: Put that puppy down and help me

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for puppy

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for puppies

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with puppies

Nearby words for puppies