Definition of lapdog in English:



  • 1A small pampered pet dog.

    • ‘As the men got older, a woman's influence sometimes softened at least the canine profile, usually via a cute lapdog to complement hubby's Cujo.’
    • ‘In the 1813 painting that serves as her book's striking dust jacket, an elegant D. A. Derzhavina, tiny lapdog on her arm, gestures proudly to a magnificent estate standing in the distance across a lush green landscape.’
    • ‘Hey, Britney… what are you going to call your little lapdog?’
    • ‘Why is it that right about now I feel as if I was just scolded by one of those Fifth Avenue Ladies Who Lunch because I almost stepped on her pet lapdog, as she was in between ‘shopping adventures’?’
    • ‘There is no doubt that in the canine afterlife, Maltese poodles are the lapdogs that inhabit level nine of Dante's vision of hell.’
    • ‘My dog wouldn't be some little barking lapdog, it would be a full-size, slobbery, jumps up on you and gets you muddy dog.’
    • ‘St Tropez conjures up images of topless beaches, the super-rich and their lapdogs, luxury yachts, blondes, leathery millionaire playboys and champagne-soaked debauchery.’
    • ‘It was at the Berteliére that I observed lapdogs at every table and decided to take Gregory into the dining room - telling him he was far too big to sit on my lap and would have to make himself as inconspicuous as possible.’
    • ‘This is a world of lace, lapdogs, knee-breeches trimmed with silk ribbons, rich textures, glowing colour and shadows pregnant with meaning.’
    • ‘Fluffy white lapdogs, of the sort seen in the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, seem to have been the most popular.’
    • ‘I mused on this for a while, not noticing the gentle brush of the wind on my cheeks, the insistent yapping of a nearby rat-like lapdog, nor the rumble of the Suburban traffic.’
    • ‘Or maybe not, because he's busy living in the moment with his peaceful lapdog Maui, forging a human-canine spiritual connection that no game of fetch could afford.’
    • ‘No doubt a tale of jealousy, murder and suicide makes the perfect complement to a lovely summer evening: the audience lolling on the lawn, lapdogs yapping as characters attack each other.’
    • ‘There are cuboid watermelons and giant tomatoes, as well as little vignette inserts punctuating the picture - a fruit fly, a strand of human DNA, a repulsive overbred lapdog framed in a prize-winning blue rosette.’
    • ‘In LA, they don't tell you to reach out to your fellow humans, they tell you to spend time with your lapdog.’
    1. 1.1 A person or organization which is influenced or controlled by another.
      ‘the government and its media lapdogs’
      • ‘I predict this is where you will get the lapdog of big business (yes, government) interfering.’
      • ‘With all the talk we hear constantly about the ‘liberal’ media, the truth is that the media generally acts as a lapdog and bullhorn for the government.’
      • ‘In other words, the so-called ethics watchdog was clearly always a lapdog.’
      • ‘Like lapdogs, most of the country's tabloid press fell into line.’
      • ‘Even earlier in the day he was chasing people up on leave forecasts - being the lapdog for Gavin even though he keeps telling all and sundry that he despises him.’
      • ‘The inference was that Japan needed to be a lapdog.’
      • ‘They will be faithful little lapdogs to their appointing masters.’
      • ‘But correcting those mistakes would require a far more sweeping re-examination of America's involvement in the Middle East than our foreign policy elites and their media lapdogs will ever permit.’
      • ‘And so being a lapdog to the United States, or as he says deputy sheriff to the United States I think is an outrageous concept.’
      • ‘The lapdogs of the controlled press even have to take the time to waste column space ‘refuting’ what is becoming increasingly obvious to everyone.’
      • ‘Prof. Mahmood rightly observes that the commission can either be a lapdog of the government of the day or the watchdog of the rights of the underprivileged.’
      • ‘The Greens seem to think that Australia actually spending money on defense (unlike some pacific nations I could think of) makes them American lapdogs.’
      • ‘That's why I'll be watching closely to see how the lapdogs of the American media react to this story.’
      • ‘I was precise; she and most of her media lapdogs were not.’
      • ‘I guess he wouldn't be able to work anywhere else, unless the media outlet needs a lapdog.’
      • ‘Will its members just be lapdogs, or withdraw their support for, and confidence in, the Labour Government?’
      • ‘I challenge those parties in the House who have come to the Chamber, like lapdogs for the Labour Government, to try to say they support this bill.’
      • ‘There will be no more political lapdogs subsumed by the larger party, but a mutually beneficial arrangement that serves the nation's interests.’
      • ‘How can the Minister assure us that that board will be well representative of the profession, and that its members will not simply be the Government's lapdogs.’
      • ‘The leader does surround himself with lapdogs and sidekicks, people who have been involved in attempted rape, paedophilia, wife battering.’