• IPA: /wɛlp/
  • (wine/whine) IPA: /ʍɛlp/

whelp (plural whelps)

  1. A young offspring of a canid (ursid, felid, pinniped), especially of a dog or a wolf, the young of a bear or similar mammal (lion, tiger, seal); a pup, wolf cub.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.11:
      […] And fared like a furious wyld Beare, / Whose whelpes are ſtolne away, ſhe being otherwhere.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii], page 4 ↗, column Pro.}} […] Then was this Iſland / (Saue for the Son, that he[sic] did littour heere, / A frekelld whelpe, hag-borne) not honour'd with / A humane ſhape.:
  2. (derogatory) An insolent youth; a mere child.
    • July 13, 1713, Joseph Addison, The Guardian
      That awkward whelp with his money bags would have made his entrance.
  3. (obsolete) A kind of ship.
  4. One of several wooden strips to prevent wear on a windlass on a clipper-era ship.
  5. A tooth on a sprocket wheel (compare sprocket and cog).
Translations Verb

whelp (whelps, present participle whelping; past and past participle whelped)

  1. (ambitransitive, of she-dog, she-wolf, vixen, etc.) To give birth.
    The bitch whelped.
    The she-wolf whelped a large litter of cubs.
Translations Interjection
  1. Alternative form of welp

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.003
Offline English dictionary