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Dictionary Definition

puppy

Noun

1 young dog
2 an inexperienced young person [syn: pup]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A young dog.
  2. A young rat.
  3. A young seal.
  4. A woman’s breast.
  5. 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.

Synonyms

Translations

young dog
young rat
young seal
slang: a woman’s breast

Extensive Definition

A puppy is a juvenile dog, generally less than one year of age that has not reached sexual maturity. The term is sometimes abbreviated to pup, a term also used for the offspring of wolves.
Puppy size varies among breeds, smaller puppies may weigh 1–3 lbs, while others are 15–20 lbs. All healthy puppies grow rapidly after birth.
Coats can change color as the puppy grows older, as is commonly seen in breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier.

Breeding

Reputable dog breeders raise their animals in humane conditions, provide good socialization and often formal training, and adhere to the breed standard. They are knowledgeable about major health problems associated with their breed, and with the principles of genetics, frequently undertaking specific matings to produce or refine particular desirable characteristics in their dogs. Less than scrupulous breeding operations, known as puppy mills, may provide less attention to genetics, prenatal care, and nutrition, and often produce puppies which are improperly socialized and in poor health.

Training

puppy in Czech: Štěně
puppy in Pennsylvania German: Hundli
puppy in German: Welpe
puppy in French: Chiot
puppy in Korean: 강아지
puppy in Zulu: Umdlwane
puppy in Italian: Cucciolo
puppy in Latin: Catulus
puppy in Dutch: Puppy
puppy in Russian: Щенок

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Beau Brummel, Seeing Eye dog, bandog, beau, birdling, bitch, blade, blood, boldface, boulevardier, bowwow, boy, brazenface, bub, bubba, buck, bud, buddy, calf, canine, catling, chick, chickling, chicky, chutzpanik, clotheshorse, colt, coxcomb, cub, dandy, dog, dogie, duckling, dude, exquisite, fancy dog, fashion plate, fawn, fellow, fine gentleman, fledgling, foal, fop, fribble, fryer, gallant, gosling, guide dog, gyp, hobbledehoy, hussy, jack-a-dandy, jackanapes, kennel, kid, kit, kitten, lad, laddie, lady-killer, lamb, lambkin, lap dog, litter, macaroni, malapert, man-about-town, manchild, masher, master, minx, muchacho, nest, nestling, pack of dogs, piglet, pigling, polliwog, pooch, pullet, pup, saucebox, schoolboy, sheep dog, shoat, show dog, sled dog, slut, smart aleck, smart-ass, smarty, smarty-pants, sonny, sonny boy, spark, sport, sprat, squirt, squit, swaggerer, swell, tadpole, toy dog, upstart, watchdog, weaner, whelp, whippersnapper, wise guy, wise-ass, working dog, yeanling, young man, youth
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