The definition of a whelp is a young animal or child.noun
An example of a whelp is a puppy.
Whelp is defined as to give birth.verb
An example of whelp is for a dog to have puppies.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME < OE hwelp, akin to Ger welf, ON hvelpr, puppy, prob. < IE *kwel-, var. of base *kel-, to cry out, call > low, Welsh colwyn, puppy
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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- 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.