whelp

1 of 2

noun

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

whelp

2 of 2

verb

whelped; whelping; whelps

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to bring forth young

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
When a captive mother whelps, or gives birth on her own, managers match her pups with a wild den using GPS coordinates from radio collars placed on packs’ breeding alpha male and female. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2024 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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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Whelp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whelp. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

whelp

1 of 2 noun
ˈhwelp How to pronounce whelp (audio)
ˈwelp
1
: one of the young of a flesh-eating animal and especially a dog
2
: a young person

whelp

2 of 2 verb
: to give birth to whelps

Medical Definition

whelp

1 of 2 noun
: one of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog

whelp

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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