pup

1 of 2

noun

1
: a young dog
also : one of the young of various animals (such as a seal or rat)
2

pup

2 of 2

verb

pupped; pupping

intransitive verb

: to give birth to pups

Examples of pup in a Sentence

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Noun
The pup is up for adoption after the SPCA said she was left outside its Philadelphia headquarters overnight Tuesday, May 7. Simone Jasper, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 Police found the unresponsive pup with a laceration on its head in the pickup’s floorboard. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pup 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

short for puppy

First Known Use

Noun

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

pup

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

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