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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: puppy

pup

noun
     
pup [countable]
1HBA a young dog [= puppy]:
a spaniel pup
a litter of pups (=several pups born to the same mother at the same time)
2HBA a young seal or otter
3 old-fashioned a young man who is rude or too confident
4

be sold a pup/buy a pup

British English old-fashioned to be tricked into buying something that is not worth what you paid for it
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