Poodle



[pood-l] /ˈpud l/

noun
1.
one of a breed of very active dogs, probably originating in Germany but regarded as the national dog of France, having long, thick, frizzy or curly hair usually trimmed in standard patterns, occurring in three varieties (standard, miniature, and toy) differing only in size, and originally used as a water retriever.
/ˈpuːdəl/
noun
1.
a breed of dog, with varieties of different sizes, having curly hair, which is often clipped from ribs to tail for showing: originally bred to hunt waterfowl
2.
a person who is servile; lackey
noun

See French poodle
n.

1808, from German Pudel, shortened form of Pudelhund “water dog,” from Low German Pudel “puddle” (cf. pudeln “to splash;” see puddle (n.)) + German Hund “hound” (see hound (n.)). Probably so called because the dog was used to hunt water fowl. Figurative sense of “lackey” (chiefly British) is attested from 1907. Poodle-faker, British army slang for “ingratiating male,” is from 1902, likely euphemistic.

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