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whelp

 (wĕlp, hwĕlp)
n.
1. A young offspring of a carnivorous mammal, especially a dog or wolf.
2.
a. A child; a youth.
b. An impudent boy or young man.
3.
a. A tooth of a sprocket wheel.
b. Nautical Any of the ridges on the barrel of a windlass or capstan.
v. whelped, whelp·ing, whelps
v.intr.
To give birth to whelps or a whelp.
v.tr.
To give birth to (whelps or a whelp).

[Middle English, from Old English hwelp.]

whelp

(wɛlp)
n
1. (Zoology) a young offspring of certain animals, esp of a wolf or dog
2. derogatory a young man or youth
3. jocular a young child
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical any of the ridges, parallel to the axis, on the drum of a capstan to keep a rope, cable, or chain from slipping
vb
5. (Zoology) (of an animal or, disparagingly, a woman) to give birth to (young)
6. (Physiology) (of an animal or, disparagingly, a woman) to give birth to (young)
[Old English hwelp(a); related to Old High German hwelf, Old Norse hvelpr, Danish hvalp]

whelp

(ʰwɛlp, wɛlp)

n.
1. the young of the dog, or of the wolf, bear, lion, tiger, seal, etc.
2. a youth, esp. one regarded as impudent or reckless; brat.
v.t.
3. (of a female dog, bear, lion, etc.) to give birth to (young).
v.i.
4. (of a female dog, bear, etc.) to give birth to young.
[before 900; (n.) Middle English; Old English hwelp, c. Old Saxon hwelp, Old High German (h)welf, Old Norse hvelpr]
whelp′less, adj.

whelp


Past participle: whelped
Gerund: whelping

Imperative
whelp
whelp
Present
I whelp
you whelp
he/she/it whelps
we whelp
you whelp
they whelp
Preterite
I whelped
you whelped
he/she/it whelped
we whelped
you whelped
they whelped
Present Continuous
I am whelping
you are whelping
he/she/it is whelping
we are whelping
you are whelping
they are whelping
Present Perfect
I have whelped
you have whelped
he/she/it has whelped
we have whelped
you have whelped
they have whelped
Past Continuous
I was whelping
you were whelping
he/she/it was whelping
we were whelping
you were whelping
they were whelping
Past Perfect
I had whelped
you had whelped
he/she/it had whelped
we had whelped
you had whelped
they had whelped
Future
I will whelp
you will whelp
he/she/it will whelp
we will whelp
you will whelp
they will whelp
Future Perfect
I will have whelped
you will have whelped
he/she/it will have whelped
we will have whelped
you will have whelped
they will have whelped
Future Continuous
I will be whelping
you will be whelping
he/she/it will be whelping
we will be whelping
you will be whelping
they will be whelping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whelping
you have been whelping
he/she/it has been whelping
we have been whelping
you have been whelping
they have been whelping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whelping
you will have been whelping
he/she/it will have been whelping
we will have been whelping
you will have been whelping
they will have been whelping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whelping
you had been whelping
he/she/it had been whelping
we had been whelping
you had been whelping
they had been whelping
Conditional
I would whelp
you would whelp
he/she/it would whelp
we would whelp
you would whelp
they would whelp
Past Conditional
I would have whelped
you would have whelped
he/she/it would have whelped
we would have whelped
you would have whelped
they would have whelped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whelp - young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolfwhelp - young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolf
young mammal - any immature mammal
puppy - a young dog
Verb1.whelp - birthwhelp - birth; "the dog whelped"    
birth, give birth, bear, deliver, have - cause to be born; "My wife had twins yesterday!"

whelp

noun
Related words
collective noun litter
Translations

whelp

[welp]
A. Ncachorro m
B. VI [bitch] → parir

whelp

nWelpe m; (pej: = boy) → Lauser m (inf), → Lausbub m (inf)
viwerfen, jungen

whelp

[wɛlp] ncucciolo
References in classic literature ?
A BITCH, ready to whelp, earnestly begged a shepherd for a place where she might litter.
So much the more is this whelp the only creature she has ever cared for,' thought Mr.
Both in his sister's presence, and after she had left the room, the whelp took no pains to hide his contempt for Mr.
Knowest thou not, thou whelp of darkness and father of disordered livers," cried the Fogy, "that water will cause grass to spring up here, and trees, and possibly even flowers?
And from this marvellous union shall come forth to the light of the world brave whelps that shall rival the ravening claws of their valiant father; and this shall come to pass ere the pursuer of the flying nymph shall in his swift natural course have twice visited the starry signs.
Brendan O'Shea, the Corkbased proprietor, is sending over Crossfield Pete, an unraced brother of Produce Stakes finalist Crossfield Kate and Golden Crest winner Crossfield Giles, and February '16 whelp Crossfield Blues, a half-brother of Derby quarter-finalist Crossfield Hugo, among others.