\ 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

Examples of pup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In one clip posted to his Instagram story, the actor and personal trainer held the Doberman as Spears asked him to introduce the pup to his followers offscreen, per Page Six. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Oct. 2021 The Ranch at Las Colinas: If your pup likes live music, then add the Ranch to your list. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 During an appearance on The Tonight Show in May, however, the actress told host Jimmy Fallon that the pup likes her husband more despite being a gift for her. Abigail Abrams, PEOPLE.com, 10 July 2021 She was also pictured frequently on Ramona's Instagram, with Avery sharing even more photos of the pup on family vacations and holiday gatherings. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, 5 Oct. 2021 In his birthday post earlier this year, Middleton thanked his pup for bringing him happiness. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2021 Bring your pup to the game, a special ticket is required, call the box office for more information. Dom Amore, courant.com, 13 Sep. 2021 The packages include a 2021 Pawtoberfest bandanna, 20-ounce logo beer mug, a voucher for one free beer, tasty treats for your pup and $1 off all beer refills. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 Mutts on the Mountain Take your pup on a trip up to Mount Hood for a daylong festival benefiting the Oregon Humane Society. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This tip is especially important between February and July because that is pupping season, a time of year when coyotes are more territorial. Houston Chronicle, 26 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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“Pup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pup. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pup

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


\ ˈpəp How to pronounce pup (audio) \

Kids Definition of pup

1 : puppy
2 : a young animal seal pups

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