Meaning of whelp

whelp




It doesn’t sound as cute as “puppy,” but whelp means the same thing: a baby dog or wolf. This can also be a verb, as in “The mama poodle whelped six whelps.”

To someone who studies animals, whelp is just the word for a newborn dog or for birthing. Besides applying to canines such as wolves and coyotes, whelp is sometimes used to describe a young person. This usually isn’t a compliment. If an older person calls a young person a whelp or says, “I don’t know what’s wrong with you whelps these days!”, you can be sure they’re not impressed by youngsters.

Definitions of whelp
  1. noun

    young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolf

    synonyms:

    pup

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    types:

    puppy

    a young dog
    type of:

    young mammal

    any immature mammal

  2. verb

    birth

    “the dog
    whelped
    synonyms:

    pup

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    type of:

    bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have

    cause to be born

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