Definition of whelp in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɛlp/


chiefly archaic
1A puppy.
Example sentences
  • Sometimes mothers will really put up a fuss about me taking their new whelps and putting them in a puppy box.
1.1A cub: let the lioness suckle her whelps
2A boy or young man (often as a disparaging form of address): too high and mighty to call her ‘Mam’—isn’t that so, whelp?
More example sentences
  • I remember your little friend shoving you into one before she because a pincushion, and you blasted me from there, you little whelp.
  • What I want to know Nago is if that whelp of a boy is going through with his orders.
  • It was directed at those same teachers and bourgeois parents whose sanctions and strictures many of us young whelps so deeply resented.
3 (whelps) Nautical A set of projections on the barrel of a capstan or windlass.


[with object]
(Of a female dog) give birth to (a puppy): Copper whelped seven puppies [no object]: a bitch due to whelp
More example sentences
  • Not all shih-tzu mothers do what they are suppose to do, and in these cases, a breeder must act quickly to save the newly whelped shih-tzu puppy.
  • If more than four contractures there may be a problem if the Shih Tzu puppy has not been whelped.
  • It was the first outing for both of these young brindle bitches which were whelped in February and March 02.


in whelp

(Of a female dog) pregnant: busy time ahead if she is in whelp
More example sentences
  • Hohenbruck, Thornton's first German shorthaired pointer, arrived in Missoula in whelp.
  • Its over hour drive there and back - with her being in whelp don't think that is good idea.
  • After 65 days and what I thought was a bitch in whelp, has turned out to be a full blown phantom pregnancy.


Old English hwelp (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch welp and German Welf.

Words that rhyme with whelp

help, kelp, yelp
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