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  • noun slang A man who seeks out female society, especially for social or professional advancement.
  • noun slang A recently commissioned officer.

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  • Poodle-faker – a young man too much given to taking tea with ladies.

    (Jane, Pembroke)

    October 15, 2008

  • Heaven forbid.

    October 15, 2008

  • Sounds like a great way to meet ladies: "You ladies want to come to my place and sample my hot collection of Darjeelings?"

    October 15, 2008

  • I wonder how poodles come into it.

    October 15, 2008

  • One source I found said that poodle was once a slang term for a woman.

    October 15, 2008

  • It refers either to a "ladies' man" or an effeminate man, "poodle" being used in a derogatory sense as "a person who is obsequiously or unquestioningly willing to follow or obey another; a lackey." OED also says that it once referred to "a young, newly commissioned officer."

    Don't know where poodles picked up the bad name.

    October 15, 2008

  • Hmm. Perhaps something to do with the haircut. It's sad that a hunting breed has basically become a lapdog in the popular imagination.

    October 15, 2008

  • You're right, frindley. They are smart, smart animals.

    October 15, 2008

  • Indeed. But I think they deserve better haircuts.

    October 15, 2008

  • Well, for show only, that haircut is kind of silly. But it does have a purpose. They are hunting dogs and have to get into cold water. The haircut leaves hair as a protection in the areas it's needed: the vital organs (heart/lungs/chest, head/brain) and extremities (paws, ears, tail).

    At least, that's what a dog-person told me once.

    October 15, 2008