[ welp, hwelp ]
/ wɛlp, ʰwɛlp /
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the young of a carnivore, as a dog, bear, lion, 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.
verb (used with or without object)
(of a female dog, lion, etc.) to give birth to (young).
OTHER WORDS FOR whelp
2 brat, urchin, whippersnapper.
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Origin of whelp
First recorded before 900; Middle English noun, from Old English hwelp (cognate with Old Norse hvelpr, Old Saxon hwelp, Old High German hwelf, welf, German Welf); verb derivative of the noun
OTHER WORDS FROM whelpwhelp·less, adjectiveun·whelped, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH whelpwelp, whelp
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How to use whelp in a sentence
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|Bertram Mitford
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|Sylvia Sunshine
Out, you diminutive pint-pot, whelped of an overgrown reckoning!Kenilworth|Sir Walter Scott
The cayuse isn't foaled yet here on Quien Sabe that can throw me, nor the dog whelped that would dare show his teeth at me.The Octopus|Frank Norris
Curs was unfortunate; the evil three were whelped of a mighty strain.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for whelp
/ (wɛlp) /
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 for whelp
Old English hwelp (a); related to Old High German hwelf, Old Norse hvelpr, Danish hvalp
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