Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Definition of Puppy

The following are the definitions of puppy which I have gathered from several different sources for our knowledge purposes.

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source
a young dog, esp. one less than a year old.

American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source
A young dog; a pup.

Online Etymology Dictionary - Cite This Source
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.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Cite This Source
A puppy is a juvenile dog, generally less than one year of age. The term is sometimes abbreviated to pup, a term which is also used for the offspring of wolves.

Puppies are very playful and active. A lethargic or listless puppy is uncommon, and often times a precursor to illness.

Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus - Cite This Source
Synonyms: bitch, bowwow*, cracky, cur, doggy, fido*, flea bag*, hound, mongrel, mutt, pooch*, pup, puppy, stray, tail-wagger*, tyke

* = informal or slang

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