\ˈpəp \

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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The pup has been a feature of the brand for more than 20 years, according to the Bush's Beans Facebook page. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Golden retriever who played Bush's Beans' 'Duke' dies after battle with cancer," 3 July 2018 The pups are well-known to Kentucky fans, and Calipari posted a photo of his furry friends in a tweet with this funny message: Breaking News Be the first to know when big news breaks Recaptcha requires verification. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "John Calipari responded to a Louisville fan who trolled him on 'Today' show," 26 June 2018 Officials will let everyone know when the groundhog pup is ready to meet groundhog fans. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Awwww! Milwaukee zoo announces arrival of adorable baby groundhog. And he loves broccoli.," 24 June 2018 Monica Galetti | Mere, London Monica Galetti, best known as a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals, owns two dogs: Fynn, a three-year-old brindle Boxer; and Cole, a French Bulldog pup. Fortune, "'He Can Spot Anything Cheap.' How Top Chefs Spoil Their Dogs," 23 June 2018 The female pups were dirty, malnourished and severely injured. Ruben Vives, latimes.com, "Puppies found with a missing foot and broken jaws in Oakland; authorities launch probe," 30 May 2018 Jonathan XIII, a white Siberian Husky, was retired in favor of Jonathan XIV, a black-and-white pup that more closely resembled the new logo. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Susan Herbst Is Leaving UConn. Here Are 10 Things That Happened While She Was President.," 21 May 2018 According to Ohio Basset Rescue (OBR), he was found alone, a wayward pup wandering the streets in a small town in West Virginia. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Cleveland man cited for open container and drug abuse: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 22 Mar. 2018 His ideal family will be active, patient and use positive training methods to help him become a more refined pup. Susan Green, OregonLive.com, "Portland-area pets for adoption Jan. 16 (photos)," 16 Jan. 2018

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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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buy a pup

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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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