whelp

noun
\ ˈ(h)welp How to pronounce whelp (audio) \

Definition of whelp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog
2 : a young boy or girl

whelp

verb
whelped; whelping; whelps

Definition of whelp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give birth to used of various carnivores and especially the dog

intransitive verb

: to bring forth young

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Synonyms & Antonyms for whelp

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of whelp in a Sentence

Noun playtime's over, it's time to gather up the whelps and head home Verb The dog whelped in March.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Given its importance as one of two Northwest Atlantic harp seal whelping grounds, the area is one of Nat Geo’s Best Trips for 2020. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, 19 Dec. 2019 And from Susan’s line, the queen’s breeding program at the Kennels of Windsor whelped hundreds of corgi puppies. William Booth, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2018 From the queen's breeding program at the Kennels of Windsor, hundreds of royal corgis have been whelped. William Booth, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of whelp

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for whelp

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hwelp; akin to Old High German hwelf whelp

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The first known use of whelp was before the 12th century

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“Whelp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whelp. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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whelp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whelp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

old-fashioned : a young animal especially : a young dog

whelp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of whelp (Entry 2 of 2)

of a female animal : to give birth

whelp

noun
\ ˈhwelp How to pronounce whelp (audio) , ˈwelp \

Kids Definition of whelp

: one of the young of an animal (as a dog) that eats flesh

whelp

noun
\ ˈhwelp How to pronounce whelp (audio) , ˈwelp How to pronounce whelp (audio) \

Medical Definition of whelp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog

Medical Definition of whelp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give birth to used of various carnivores and especially the dog

intransitive verb

: to bring forth young

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