pup

noun
\ 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)

pup

verb
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

The comments on Emma Mertens' GoFundMe page is current full of messages from pups — all urging her to keep her spirits up. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Terminally Ill Girl in Wisconsin Just Wants Letters From Your Dog," 28 Feb. 2019 Your pup acts crazy when there's not enough playtime. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "9 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You, According to Experts," 25 Feb. 2019 For the day spent meeting with staff, volunteers, and maybe even a pup or two, Meghan opted for a monochromatic outfit, wearing an affordable cream-colored maternity dress from H&M, her cashmere Armani coat, and heels. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at Mayhew Wearing an Affordable H&M Maternity Dress," 16 Jan. 2019 On Friday, pups across the world will join their masters at the office, gym and other businesses for the 20th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Take your dog to work day: Best pictures of people bringing their pets to work," 22 June 2018 On Friday, more pups across the country will join their masters at the office, gym and other businesses for the 20th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Take your dog to work? These 'employees' wag their tails," 21 June 2018 This explains why sand tiger sharks give birth to one very well-fed pup, which is already three feet long at birth. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 Walking along Ke’ehi Lagoon in Honolulu on Tuesday, Samuel Etrata spotted a dead baby hammerhead shark, known as a pup, on shore. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘Sick to my stomach.’ Someone dumped 100 dead baby hammerhead sharks at Hawaii lagoon," 27 June 2018 The big pup has a lot of energy and loves to play games, especially fetch. azcentral, "Shelter animals you can adopt this week in metro Phoenix," 6 Apr. 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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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 How to pronounce pup (audio) \

Kids Definition of pup

1 : puppy
2 : a young animal seal pups

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