\ 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 Patsy’s Snack Pack, Patsy’s Pet Market This custom bag of dog treats is the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life- or your own personal pup. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "ICYMI: Have yourself a Katy little Christmas: a guide to Katy gift giving," 27 Nov. 2019 But while everything may smell and taste good to your dog, many Thanksgiving foods are unhealthy and dangerous for your pup to digest. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "The Dos and Don'ts of What Thanksgiving Foods are Safe for Your Dog," 27 Nov. 2019 Zooey actually adopted her pups Dot and Zelda, who are sisters, in 2013 and shared the adorable story on The Ellen Show. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'Property Brothers' Star Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel Are Instagram Official," 22 Nov. 2019 Tebow bid farewell to his pup in a wrenching Instagram post. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Tim Tebow mourns the death of his beloved dog Bronco," 21 Nov. 2019 The mother dog was found alongside — listening to her whimpering pups and nearly starving to death. Joe Cavaretta, sun-sentinel.com, "United in hurricane disaster: Dog, cat and bunny arrive in South Florida from the Bahamas," 18 Nov. 2019 Emma Mertens loved animals, especially dogs, and after the vivacious Hartland girl was diagnosed this year with an inoperable brain tumor, family friends began emailing her pictures of their pups. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terminally ill Hartland girl who received thousands of cards from dog owners dies," 17 Nov. 2019 Among our toastiest picks is a sweater dress inspired by Rihanna’s favorite outfits, a silk travel set to take the comfy on the go, and a plush dog bed for the actual queen of nesting, their pup. Glamour, "30 Cozy Gifts for Your Favorite Homebody," 14 Nov. 2019 For instance, the owners—who were sitting near the dogs during the experiment—might have given their pups some unconscious cue when the pitch and the ball raised in tandem. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Up, pup! Dogs, like humans, associate high-pitched sounds with lofty objects," 12 Nov. 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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4 Dec 2019

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“Pup.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pups. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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


\ ˈpəp How to pronounce pup (audio) \

Kids Definition of pup

1 : puppy
2 : a young animal seal pups

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