An example of a whelp is a puppy.
An example of whelp is for a dog to have puppies.
The bitch whelped.
The she-wolf whelped a large litter of cubs.
Other Word Forms
Origin of whelp
- Middle English from Old English hwelp
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English hwelp 'pup, wolf cub', from Proto-Germanic *hwelpaz (compare Dutch welp, obsolete German Welf, Danish hvalp), from pre-Germanic *kʷelbos, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷelbhos (compare Old Church Slavonic жрѣбѧ (žrěbę) 'foal', Latin vulva, bolva, volba 'womb', Ancient Greek βρέφος (bréphos) 'fœtus, newborn', Hittite huēlpi 'overipe, fresh; newborn animal', Sanskrit उल्ब (úlba, úlva) 'womb').