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puppy

[puhp-ee] /ˈpʌp i/
noun, plural puppies.
1.
a young dog, especially one less than a year old.
2.
Fox Hunting. a foxhound that has hunted regularly for less than one season.
3.
pup (def 2).
4.
a presuming, conceited, or empty-headed young man.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; earlier popi. See puppet, -y2
Related forms
puppyhood, puppydom, noun
puppyish, adjective
puppylike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for puppyhood

puppy

/ˈpʌpɪ/
noun (pl) -pies
1.
a young dog; pup
2.
(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
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Word Origin and History for puppyhood

puppy

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for puppyhood

puppy

noun
  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.
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