whelp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v whelp birth "the dog whelped"
    • n whelp young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whelp A child; a youth; -- jocosely or in contempt. "That awkward whelp with his money bags would have made his entrance."
    • Whelp (Naut) One of the longitudinal ribs or ridges on the barrel of a capstan or a windless; -- usually in the plural; as, the whelps of a windlass.
    • Whelp One of the teeth of a sprocket wheel.
    • Whelp One of the young of a dog or a beast of prey; a puppy; a cub; as, a lion's whelps . "A bear robbed of her whelps ."
    • v. i Whelp To bring forth young; -- said of the female of the dog and some beasts of prey.
    • v. t Whelp To bring forth, as cubs or young; to give birth to. "Unless she had whelped it herself, she could not have loved a thing better.""Did thy foul fancy whelp so black a scheme?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whelp The young of the dog, wolf, lion, tiger, bear, seal, etc., but especially of the dog; a cub: sometimes applied to the whole canine species, whether young or old.
    • n whelp A youth; a cub; a puppy: a term of contempt.
    • n whelp A kind of ship.
    • n whelp Nautical, one of several longitudinal projections from the barrel of a capstan, windlass, or winch, provided to take the strain of the chain or rope which is being hove upon, and afford a firmer hold.
    • n whelp One of the teeth of a sprocket-wheel.
    • whelp To bring forth young, as the female of the dog and various beasts of prey.
    • whelp To bring forth, as a bitch, lioness, and many beasts of prey; hence, to give birth to; originate: used in contempt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whelp hwelp the young of the dog kind and of lions, &c.: a puppy: a cub: a young man (in contempt)
    • v.i., v.t Whelp to bring forth young
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hwelp,; akin to D. welp, G. & OHG. welf, Icel. hvelpr, Dan. hvalp, Sw. valp,

Usage

In literature:

She had suckled two whelps until they were able to take care of themselves.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Wendy, I do believe that's your little whelp.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
Moses said that Dan was a lion's whelp.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
So did that young whelp.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
The whelp had gnawed his way to freedom.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
And what effect it will have upon the Whelps?
"Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666" by Various
Indeed, the whelps who stole it rather paraded their steal, knowing that the mouths of our men were sealed.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
I'd take the lion's whelps with me, sur!
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Go back to the whelp that hired you, and tell him when he wants a friend of mine to send a man that can shoot.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
I must say the unkind words or be thrashed for an obstinate whelp.
"The Cruise of the Shining Light" by Norman Duncan
But I won't forget the whelp.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
In his own mind Harthouse called her father a machine, her brother a whelp and her husband a bear.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Then like a small tigress robbed of whelp she advances on the beggar, shaking her in paroxysmal rage.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
Charles said he was a shiffless whelp, and there's no telling how he's treating the old man.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
That being so, it may be taken that the grey whelp was not particularly interested.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
The Contras were of variously hued races, but they were all the Tiger's whelps.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
She would do that for a new-whelped puppy!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Then the happy Jean and Julie gave the whelps of the wolf their share of the wedding feast.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
At other times so strong in her religious force, and now so humble and abashed before the whelps of the mighty ones of the earth!
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
And he was like a lion in his deeds, and as a lion's whelp roaring for prey.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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In poetry:

Conceited whelp! we laugh at thee—
Nor mind, that now a few
Of pompous, two-legged dogs there be,
Conceited quite as you.
"The Bear Hunt" by Abraham Lincoln
Beneath them roll'd, like tempests black,
The num'rous sons of blood;
Like lions' whelps, roaring abroad,
Seeking their nightly food.
"Gwin King of Norway" by William Blake
He to the lion's whelps gives food —
To each fierce rambler of the wild —
To the black raven's glossy brood —
And shall He not to ev'ry child?
"Concerning The Divine Providence" by Rees Prichard
"The trail is narrow, the wood is dim,
The panther clings to the arching limb;
And the lion's whelps are abroad at play,
And I shall not join in the chase to-day."
"Fate" by Francis Bret Harte
Therefore they say he got some help
In getting of the little whelp;
But passing that, it makes me yelp,
But what remead?
Death lent him sic a cursed skelp,
That now he's dead.
"An Elegy Upon James Therburn, In Chatto" by James Thomson
The wilderness has been subdued,
And through the pathless solitude
A highway has been built, the rocks between
The which no vulture's eye has seen
Nor lion's whelp had ever trod,
Built for the ransomed of the Lord.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell

In news:

The girls can't whelp it As dog as my witness—I'll never be lonely again.
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