- 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 whelped
Curs was unfortunate; the evil three were whelped of a mighty strain.Once Aboard The Lugger
Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
Out, you diminutive pint-pot, whelped of an overgrown reckoning!Kenilworth
Sir Walter Scott
He never could do anything like a man since the day he was whelped.The Romance of the Coast
He was whelped and raised in the mountains on one of the sugar-estates, and is known to be of the best pedigree.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
The large, wolf-like form, the bushy tail—why there could be no duplicate of this ever whelped at a Zulu kraal, that was certain.A Frontier Mystery
- 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 whelped
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.