\ 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 Ant even got in on the fun, letting Brayden ride on his back while Christina and their pup, Cash, captured the cute moment from the sidelines. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Shared Bikini Photos From a Relaxing Pool Day and She Looks Amazing," 5 Sep. 2019 The newest pup, weighing in at 5 pounds, has yet to be named. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "This sea otter pup got flown to the Alaska SeaLife Center after fire shut down the highway," 27 Aug. 2019 Washington Tacoma: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is celebrating the birth of its first tamandua pup, which is the size of an avocado. USA TODAY, "Burro bandits, sugarcane shake-up, naked bike ride: News from around our 50 states," 26 Aug. 2019 Of the young pups, undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers was the most impressive. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "With oodles of talent and depth, there will be plenty of interesting position battles during Patriots training camp," 22 July 2019 Thousands of people shared and commented on the Facebook post with messages expressing sympathy for the pup, anger at the abusers and offers to adopt the animal. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Pit bull found burned, beaten, starved in Ecorse," 10 July 2019 The Great Pyrenees pooch gave birth over the weekend to 16 pups, one at a farm near Eustis, the others hours later at a Leesburg veterinary emergency clinic. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Sweet 16! Great Pyrenees dog gives birth to 16 pups.," 24 June 2019 Eileen is survived by daughters Marsha Matthews and Joni (Cliff) Bail, son Andrew (Estrella) Watson, grandchildren Hilary, Eric, Olivia, Owen & Melanie, brothers Frank and Robert (Ann) Shumer, and beloved pups, Chipper and Dazy. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/20," 20 June 2019 The woman’s dog, a pup named Sweet Pea, was shot in the rear, right leg, authorities said. Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "Suspect booked with killing 1 person, wounding 2 and shooting dog: JPSO," 7 June 2019 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


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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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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