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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Adolescent love or infatuation.

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  • n. A childish or youthful infatuation with another person.

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  • n. temporary love of an adolescent

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  • Immature love, infatuation.

    As you can see, puppy love, or young love, has a bad rap. As dramatized, it typically is a pairing that society—or at least the parents—feel is ill-fated or immoral. Class or race differences are the most commonly depicted as contributing to ruinous relationships between young lovers, though feuds (such as the one between the Montagues and the Capulets) have figured large as well.

    July 27, 2009