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[hwahp, hwawp, wahp, wawp]
noun Scot.
  1. a curlew, Numenius arquata.
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Origin of whaup

1505–15; perhaps representing earlier *whalp, akin (by gradation) to Old English hwilpe plover
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Historical Examples of whaup

  • "She has got the best part of all religions if she does her best for the people about her," said the Whaup.

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  • As time went on the Whaup pressed for the marriage day to be named, but he could not awake in her hopes for the future.

  • The new sense of responsibility that had come to the Whaup determined him to return at once to Glasgow, and resume his studies.

  • And the Whaup thought that, if she would only wait two years he would work to such purpose as to be able to ask her to marry him.

  • Whaup was not oblivious of his promise, and Strachan clove unto him like a limpet.

British Dictionary definitions for whaup


  1. mainly Scot a popular name for the curlew
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Word Origin for whaup

C16: related to Old English huilpe, ultimately imitative of the bird's cry; compare Low German regenwilp sandpiper
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