Definitions for: Whelp


[n] young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolf
[v] birth; of dogs



Webster (1913) Definition: Whelp, n. [AS. hwelp; akin to D. welp, G. & OHG. welf,
Icel. hvelpr, Dan. hvalp, Sw. valp.]
1. One of the young of a dog or a beast of prey; a puppy; a
cub; as, a lion's whelps. ``A bear robbed of her whelps.''
--2 Sam. xvii. 8.

2. A child; a youth; -- jocosely or in contempt.

That awkward whelp with his money bags would have
made his entrance. --Addison.

3. (Naut.) One of the longitudinal ribs or ridges on the
barrel of a capstan or a windless; -- usually in the
plural; as, the whelps of a windlass.

4. One of the teeth of a sprocket wheel.


Whelp, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whelped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Whelping.]
To bring forth young; -- said of the female of the dog and
some beasts of prey.


Whelp, v. t.
To bring forth, as cubs or young; to give birth to.

Unless she had whelped it herself, she could not have
loved a thing better. --B. Jonson.

Did thy foul fancy whelp so black a scheme? --Young.

Synonyms: pup, pup

See Also: litter, puppy, young mammal

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