\ ˈpəp How to pronounce pup (audio) \

Definition of pup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a young dog also : one of the young of various animals (such as a seal or rat)


pupped; pupping

Definition of pup (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to give birth to pups

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This is a great idea to steal for your pups this Halloween. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "These Dogs Dressed Up As the Hocus Pocus Witches for Halloween—and You've Got to See the Photo," 10 Sep. 2019 After one little spritz, my pups are completely silent, scurrying next to me and promptly entering into a (semi) permanent sit-and-stare-into-my-eyes position. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "This $6 Dog Training Tool Is the Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Me," 5 Sep. 2019 So scroll through the 50 finalists in the photo gallery above to choose your favorite, then vote -- up to once hourly -- to help your favorite pup rise in the rankings. Brenda Cain And Yadi Rodriguez - Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Just hours left to help determine which puppy is Northeast Ohio’s cutest: poll closes at 8 p.m.," 5 Sep. 2019 Bring out your furry friends to enjoy Pet Entertainment Variety Acts from Classic K9s, test your pups speed in the Wiener Dog Races and Agility Course or show off their best outfit in the Pet Costume Contest. Michigan Renaissance Festival, Detroit Free Press, "Eat, drink and be Mary (Queen of Scots) at Michigan Renaissance Festival," 15 Aug. 2019 Turner and Jonas honored their late pup with matching tattoos of his face on their arms. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Get Matching Tattoos to Honor Their Late Dog, Waldo," 29 July 2019 Unlike humans, who carry their babies for around 40 weeks, white sharks are thought to carry their pups for around 18 months. National Geographic, "One of biggest great white sharks seen feasting on sperm whale in rare video," 19 July 2019 Those celebrating the holiday by sharing the joy of their pup with the office should also schedule a few breaks throughout the day. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Take Your Dog to Work Day: Go on a break at these Orlando area restaurants," 20 June 2019 Anyone with information on Casey and her pups is urged to contact the SPCA's hotline at 1-855-622-7722. Fox News, "Dog, 9 puppies dumped in sealed box at Canada landfill, officials say," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One woman fell from a California bridge and survived last year and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has previously warned those behind or in front of the lens to refrain from taking selfies with seals during their pupping season. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Influencer Reveals She Was Bitten by Nurse Shark While Trying to Get a Photo," 11 July 2018 Coyotes have been known to advance on, growl at or surround dog walkers and their pets, a pattern of aggression that is natural for the wild canines during pupping season, which begins in the spring and continues through the summer. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coyote alert: SF is home to seven new pups in the Presidio," 4 June 2018 The City Council decided in 2014 to limit access to the beach during pupping season in response to concerns that people were harassing the seals. Joshua Emerson Smith, latimes.com, "La Jolla Children's Pool closes for pupping season as legal war continues," 15 Dec. 2017 Kourtney and her daughter Penelope Disick have already named their sister pup Honey, but Kim is taking her decision beyond the family. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "North West's New Puppy (Finally) Has the Yummiest Name!," 27 June 2017 The controversial beach in La Jolla known as Children’s Pool has reopened this week after being closed since December for harbor seal pupping season. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Children’s Pool beach reopens as legal battle over seals continues," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of pup


1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pup


short for puppy

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pupa coarctata

pupa libera

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English Language Learners Definition of pup

: a young dog also : one of the young of various animals other than dogs


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Kids Definition of pup

1 : puppy
2 : a young animal seal pups

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