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[puhp] /pʌp/
a young dog; puppy.
the young of certain other animals, as the rat or fur seal.
a small plant developing as an offshoot from a mature plant.
verb (used without object), pupped, pupping.
to give birth to pups.
Origin of pup
1580-90; apocopated variant of puppy Unabridged
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  • Do you suppose theyve found out about our putting that hard cider we found in the cellar into the pups milk?

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • She ate her dinner with the two pups beside her, sent them off, and sat down at her piano.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • I did not go down but I helped Ranger and two of the pups chase a lion all over the lower end of the plateau.

  • Even the pups were motionless, having cowered in alarm at Helen's scream.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • Amongst some broken rocks this day, Breaden found a dingo camped in a cave with a litter of pups.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
British Dictionary definitions for pups


  1. a young dog, esp when under one year of age; puppy
  2. the young of various other animals, such as the seal
in pup, (of a bitch) pregnant
(informal, mainly Brit, derogatory) a conceited young man (esp in the phrase young pup)
sell someone a pup, to swindle someone by selling him something worthless
(Austral, slang) the night's a pup, it's early yet
verb pups, pupping, pupped
(of dogs, seals, etc) to give birth to (young)
Word Origin
C18: back formation from puppy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pups



"young dog," 1760, shortened form of puppy (q.v.). Used from 1580s for "conceited person." Applied to the young of the fur seal from 1815. Used for "inexperienced person" by 1890. Pup tent (also dog tent) is from 1863. Sopwith pup, popular name of the Sopwith Scout Tractor airplane, is from 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pups



The feet; dogs (1923+)



  1. A young, inexperienced person; kid, punk (1890+)
  2. hot dog (1940s+)
  3. A small four-wheeled truck trailer (1940s+ Truckers)
  4. (also puppy)A thing; baby, sucker: I guess we turn this pup around/ You can mail this puppy in or you can appear at the tribal court (1980s+)

Related Terms

guttersnipe, snuggle-pup

[ultimately fr French poupe´e, ''doll'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for pups


Puppis (constellation)
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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