\ 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 Most of all, BARK is looking for someone who is ready to have fun and showcase their adorable, talented pup with the internet masses. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Company Will Pay You to Make TikToks of Your Dog," 8 Oct. 2020 The film mixes in-studio, on-location, and drone footage, as well as a special CGI version of Browne’s beloved pup, Hector Browne. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“The World Will Always Need Creativity”—Thom Browne Reflects on His Olympian Collection on Good Morning Vogue," 5 Oct. 2020 These booties protect your pup’s pads from rough overgrown paths, no matter if the ground is hot or cold, while providing a better grip on sketchy terrain. Sal Vaglica, WSJ, "How to Bring Your Dog on Any Fall Adventure—From Hiking to a Hotel Stay," 2 Oct. 2020 The dental office is run by Cameron and his wife, Debra Garrett, a dental hygienist, who adopted Kismet in July, after their old pup, Karma, died. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Toothless Chihuahua Comforts Scared Patients at California Dentist Office," 16 Sep. 2020 The Wausau native and his pup were both wearing green Packers jerseys. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Absence of fans inside, outside U.S. Bank Stadium makes for eerily quiet opener," 13 Sep. 2020 The 11-month-old German Shepherd pup —named for jazz trumpeter Miles Davis — belongs to musician Jim Waller. Hector Saldana, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio jazz musician and educator Jim Waller checks debut album off his bucket list," 10 Sep. 2020 Wow Cypress, has some advice on surviving the pandemic with your pup. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Dog daycare owner offers pup pandemic advice," 24 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, Emhoff is a successful entertainment attorney (his most famous defendant may have been the Taco Bell chihuahua, as Emhoff protected the ad firm behind the pup from a breach of contact claim). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Debate Squad: Meet Kamala Harris’s Closest Family Supporters," 5 Oct. 2020 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, "Coyotes spotted on Rice University campus, students and staffed warned to be watchful," 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, "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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22 Oct 2020

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“Pup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pup. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce pup (audio)

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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