- the young of the dog, or of the wolf, bear, lion, tiger, seal, etc.
- a youth, especially an impudent or despised one.
- any of a series of longitudinal projections or ridges on the barrel of a capstan, windlass, etc.
- any of the teeth of a sprocket wheel.
- (of a female dog, lion, etc.) to give birth to (young).
Origin of whelp
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Examples from the Web for whelp
Stop that barkin', now, you whelp, Or I'll kick you till you yelp!Farm Ballads
For as the lion's whelp may be called a lion, or the horse's foal a foal, so the son of a king may be called a king.Cratylus
"It seems you love that—whelp, that thing that was my brother," he said, sneering.The Sea-Hawk
Give the whelp a couple of half-crowns, Halkett, and send him adrift.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
How came you here, you vagabond Irish whelp, in this company?Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
- a young offspring of certain animals, esp of a wolf or dog
- derogatory a young man or youth
- jocular a young child
- nautical any of the ridges, parallel to the axis, on the drum of a capstan to keep a rope, cable, or chain from slipping
- (of an animal or, disparagingly, a woman) to give birth to (young)
Word Origin and History for whelp
Old English hwelp "whelp, young of the dog," from a Germanic root related to Old Saxon hwelp, Old Norse hvelpr, Dutch welp, German hwelf; of unknown origin. Now largely displaced by puppy. Also applied to wild animals. Sense of "scamp" first recorded early 14c.