pup

noun
\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)

pup

verb
pupped; pupping

Definition of pup (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to give birth to pups

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Over a decade later, the robotic pup is back and for sale in the U.S. for the first time since 1999. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sony’s $2,900 robot dog now on sale in the U.S.," 20 Sep. 2018 The pup has been keeping the Sussexes company during their trips to the Cotswolds in the countryside and at home at Kensington Palace's Nottingham Cottage. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Was Meghan Markle Actually Spotted Walking Her Dog Outside Kensington Palace?," 12 Sep. 2018 Not only will Indy be providing students with plenty of cuddles and slobbery kisses, but the pup could be an imperative part of keeping students happy and healthy this year. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Therapy Animals Are on Some College Campuses for Back-to-School Season," 29 Aug. 2018 The magazine also reports that the new pup has been traveling with them from their home in London at Kensington Palace to their country estate in the Cotswolds this summer. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Just Got a Dog!," 26 Aug. 2018 In the meantime, the happy pup is walking (hopping?) on sunshine. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Two-Legged Puppy Hopping Around Is the Cutest Thing You'll See Today," 17 Mar. 2017 Those looking to welcome another dog into their lives can also keep an eye out for these pups on GBHS’s adoption page, or help foster them now. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "More than 80 Dogs, Including Days-Old Puppies, Rescued from Excrement-Caked Puppy Mill in Alabama," 10 July 2018 Sarah Gish The dog spa — which features bathtubs for large and small pups — has a schnauzer and beagle outlined on the wall. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Saltwater pool, gym, dog spa: Tour downtown KC's new Crossroads Westside Apartments," 27 June 2018 Water fountains have spouts designed for pooches, and many restaurants have water bowls ready for pups who stop by with their humans. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 places you can bring your dog around Milwaukee this summer," 16 May 2018

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

Noun

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pup

Noun

short for puppy

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puny

punya

pup

pupa

pupa coarctata

pupa libera

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pup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pup

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

pup

noun
\ˈpəp \

Kids Definition of pup

1 : puppy

2 : a young animal seal pups

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