- 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.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of whelp
Synonyms for whelp
Examples from the Web for whelp
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin 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.