- 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.
- to give birth to pups.
Origin of pup
Related Words for pupbrood, generation, progeny, heir, cub, baby, descendant, kid, pup, boy, juvenile, youth, teenager, student, girl, pupil, mutt, pooch, dog, animal
Examples from the Web for pup
Contemporary Examples of pup
You can even compare your pup to other similar breeds to offer an understanding of where your dog falls on the activity spectrum.
Has your pup suddenly become more lethargic in your absence?
Who really owns a dog, if no official paperwork is signed as the pup gets transferred from one person to the next?Dog Fight Over Obie, the Dieting Dachshund
November 4, 2012
Walking their pup Lupo in Kensington Park is an almost daily occurrence when they are in London.William at Thirty
June 21, 2012
Designer Simon Spurr brought along his hulking, 90-pound pup Apollo.Fashion Free for All
The Daily Beast
September 11, 2010
Historical Examples of pup
The moment his back was turned, the pup had sneaked into the kitchen.
Busted more clotheslines than I've got fingers and toes, that pup has.
Bill Dancing decided, off-hand, that “the pup” was worthless.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
He had a blacksnake whip in his hand and was teasing a pup with it.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
Here in the rich cream of the day we're waiting for the mail, Dan'l and I and the pup.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
- a young dog, esp when under one year of age; puppy
- the young of various other animals, such as the seal
- in pup (of a bitch) pregnant
- informal, mainly British derogatory a conceited young man (esp in the phrase young pup)
- sell someone a pup to swindle someone by selling him something worthless
- the night's a pup Australian slang it's early yet
- (of dogs, seals, etc) to give birth to (young)
Word Origin for pup
"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.