whelp


1whelp

noun \ˈhwelp, ˈwelp\

: a young animal; especially : a young dog

Full Definition of WHELP

1
:  any of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog
2
:  a young boy or girl

Examples of WHELP

  1. <playtime's over, it's time to gather up the whelps and head home>

Origin of WHELP

Middle English, from Old English hwelp; akin to Old High German hwelf whelp
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with WHELP

2whelp

verb

of a female animal : to give birth

Full Definition of WHELP

transitive verb
:  to give birth to —used of various carnivores and especially the dog
intransitive verb
:  to bring forth young

Examples of WHELP

  1. The dog whelped in March.

First Known Use of WHELP

13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

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