\ 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 Fourteen of the pups went to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Over 60 Chihuahuas Rescued in Time to Find Homes For International Chihuahua Appreciation Day," 14 May 2020 All of the pups who were pulled out survived, while a handful of other animals – including dogs and birds – died in the fire. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Puppies saved from north Houston house fire," 14 May 2020 Not far from the Beira-Nhamagaia creche, a group of four adult dogs that had split off from the original pack in the spring — three males and one female — appeared to be successfully rearing yet another litter of eight pups. New York Times, "Word + Quiz: creche," 4 May 2020 Propagation begins with separating a segment, called a pup or a cutting, from a healthy plant, the mother. Naomi Huffman, New York Times, "How Taking Care of Houseplants Taught Me to Take Care of Myself," 16 Apr. 2020 And while fostering is often a speedier option, for the first time ever, Wolf Trap has a waiting list—just to foster a pup—that stretches to about 200 people. Gillian B. White, The Atlantic, "I Got a Pandemic Puppy, and You Can Too," 11 Apr. 2020 No human will ever have as much fun as a dog who has just discovered a new source of entertainment — and this video of a pup unearthing the joys of a water jet confirms that. Time, "Dog Gleefully Playing in a Water Jet Is the True Spirit of the Internet," 10 Mar. 2020 But after five years of work, Dr. Dudrick found a way to feed beagle puppies entirely by vein, resulting in six grown dogs — including a beloved pup known as Stinky — that were comparable in size to those fed normally. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Stanley Dudrick, whose surgical technique feeds those who can’t eat, dies at 84," 5 Mar. 2020 Porschia, a 16-year-old pup who is deaf and nearly blind, was lounging on her owner's back deck at their home in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, on Thursday when the hawk scooped her up, her owner, Debra Falcione, told ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Toy poodle found alive after hawk snatches it from owner's Pennsylvania backyard," 23 Feb. 2020 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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21 May 2020

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“Pup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pup. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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