1A dog of a breed (of which there are several varieties) with a curly coat that is often ornamentally clipped. Poodle breeds are classified by size.
2British A person or organization who is overly willing to obey another.
subordinate, deputy, auxiliary, second, second in command, number two, lieutenant, right-hand man, right-hand woman, wingman, aide, personal assistant, PA, attendant, mate, apprentice, junior
- ‘the council is being made a poodle of central government’
Early 19th century from German Pudel(hund), from Low German pud(d)eln ‘splash in water’ (the poodle being a water-dog).