whelp

noun
\ ˈhwelp , ˈwelp \

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

bambino, bud, chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, squirt, youngling, youngster, youth

Antonyms: Noun

adult, grown-up

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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

And from Susan’s line, the queen’s breeding program at the Kennels of Windsor whelped hundreds of corgi puppies. William Booth, Washington Post, "Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty," 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, "Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty," 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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Dictionary Entries near whelp

whelked

whelk tingle

whelm

whelp

whelpless

whelve

whemmel

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More Definitions for whelp

whelp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whelp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 , ˈwelp \

Kids Definition of whelp

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

whelp

noun
\ ˈhwelp , ˈwelp \

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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