- The definition of a whelp is a young animal or child.
An example of a whelp is a puppy.
- Whelp is defined as to give birth.
An example of whelp is for a dog to have puppies.
A puppy is a whelp.
whelp definition by Webster's New World
- a young dog; puppy
- a young lion, tiger, leopard, bear, wolf, etc.; cub
- a youth or child: a term showing contempt
- any of the teeth on a sprocket wheel
- Naut. any of the ribs or ridges along the barrel of a capstan or the drum of a windlass: usually used in pl.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hwelp, akin to German welf, Old Norse hvelpr, puppy, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form kwel-, variant, variety of base an unverified form kel-, to cry out, call from source low, Welsh colwyn, puppy
whelp definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A young offspring of a mammal, such as a dog or wolf.
- a. A child; a youth.b. An impudent young fellow.
- a. A tooth of a sprocket wheel.b. Nautical Any of the ridges on the barrel of a windlass or capstan.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hwelp.