\ 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 Don't worry, the dog mom in your life will love the selection and her pup will be excited, too. Rachel Dube, USA TODAY, "20 last-minute Mother's Day gifts that don't require shipping," 5 May 2021 Likewise, if your pup is a counter surfer, keep the peach bowl out of reach. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, "Can Dogs Eat Peaches?," 2 May 2021 The park's Runyon Canyon Trail is a 2.7-mile loop with views over the city and plenty of space for your pup to romp around. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Dog-friendly Hikes in the U.S. — From Easy Loops to Tougher Treks," 10 Apr. 2021 Birse recommends placing a few toys or treats inside of the crate so your pup has positive associations toward it. Mili Godio, NBC News, "How to crate train your dog, according to experts," 8 Apr. 2021 This can be particularly useful when there’s a history of aggressive behavior such as dog bites, or your pup belongs to a breed your home insurer refuses to cover. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "Why your dog needs liability insurance even if she’s perfect," 6 Apr. 2021 From the start, our pup has been sweet, patient with our hyper toddler and a quick learner. Lorraine Allen, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Real Families Who Adopted Pandemic Pets Are Handling Things Months Later," 22 Mar. 2021 Your pup will receive 2 toys, 2 treats, and 1 chew each month. Colin Daniels, Chron, "Get a free month of doggie toys and treats when you join Bark Super Chewer or BarkBox," 19 Mar. 2021 Nominee Regina King also let her dog have a little time in the limelight; unlike the rest of the world, her pup wasn't super impressed by the actress' glittering one-shoulder gown and general dazzling aura. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Golden Globes’ Hottest Accessory This Year: Pets," 28 Feb. 2021 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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“Pup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pup. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pup

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


\ ˈpəp How to pronounce pup (audio) \

Kids Definition of pup

1 : puppy
2 : a young animal seal pups

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