This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
I had a friend from Germany just ask me where the word "puppy" comes from. Can you help?
Submitted by Christopher Boyer (Lafayette - U.S.A.)
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Puppy is based in French 'poupée', a doll, and was first defined as a small dog used as a lady’s pet or plaything; a toy dog. The French itself is based on Latin 'pupa', a doll.
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