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


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pupped; pupping

intransitive verb

: to give birth to pups

Example Sentences

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To help get Elio to socialize with humans, Fanzo strolled around the strip mall with the pup, who returned the affection by licking volunteer’s ears. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 23 Jan. 2023 To help get Elio to socialize with humans, Fanzo strolled around the strip mall with the pup, who returned the affection by licking volunteer’s ears. Jose R. Gonzalez, AZCentral.com, 23 Jan. 2023 The pet's personality will transform based on your interactions with it, into either a lovable, energetic, protective or lazy pup. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 9 Jan. 2023 Canine Confidante Selma Blair and her service pup, Scout, trot around Los Angeles on Dec. 30. People Staff, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2023 Volunteers are helping a VERY sweet pup who was run over by a truck recover and heal, a senior momma dog who should never be having babies, and oodles of late season kittens. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2022 Phoebe Yung of Brooklyn adopted a pandemic pup, a rat terrier named Moose. Leanne Italie, ajc, 19 Dec. 2022 The three-year-old runaway pup, Gunner, jerked away from his trainer and ran into the woods around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Kings Mountain State Park Living History Farm in South Carolina, according to the York County Sheriff's Office. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 10 Dec. 2022 From the get-go, fans have come to know Mishler’s sweet sense of humor and equally adorable pup, Benji, who has appeared in nearly every video for the past seven years (most frequently napping in the background). Michelle Konstantinovsky, SELF, 4 Nov. 2022
To prove her point, Romano introduces Alvin and Louie to three dogs of various ages and sizes to see which pup the pair bonds with most. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2022 The ones who just died can continue to pup up in flashbacks that might be relevant for portions of the story. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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Word History



short for puppy

First Known Use


1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1708, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pup was in 1542

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“Pup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pup. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: puppy
also : one of the young of various animals (as a seal or rat)

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