[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.
1480–90; earlier popi. See puppet, -y2
Related forms
puppyhood, puppydom, noun
puppyish, adjective
puppylike, adjective
Example Sentences for puppy
The current puppy pack, seeing him as a wolf, immediately attack him.
Unless it is a wet year, only one puppy from a litter might be selected to live.
British Dictionary definitions for puppy
puppy (ˈpʌpɪ)
n , pl -pies
1.  a young dog; pup
2.  informal, derogatory a brash or conceited young man; pup
[C15 popi, from Old French popée doll; compare puppet]

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Word Origin and History for puppy
1486, "woman's small pet dog," from M.Fr. poupée "doll, toy" (see puppet). Meaning shifted from "toy dog" to "young dog" (1591), replacing M.E. whelp. Also used about that time in sense of "vain young man." Puppy love is from 1834. Puppy fat is from 1937.
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  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

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