[hwelp, welp]
the young of the dog, or of the wolf, bear, lion, tiger, seal, etc.
a youth, especially an impudent or despised one.
any of a series of longitudinal projections or ridges on the barrel of a capstan, windlass, etc.
any of the teeth of a sprocket wheel.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
(of a female dog, lion, etc.) to give birth to (young).

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English hwelp (cognate with German Welf); (v.) Middle English whelpen, derivative of the noun

whelpless, adjective
unwhelped, adjective

2. brat, urchin, whippersnapper.
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whelp (wɛlp)
1.  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 any of the ridges, parallel to the axis, on the drum of a capstan to keep a rope, cable, or chain from slipping
5.  (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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hwelp "whelp, young of the dog," from a Gmc. root related to O.S. hwelp, O.N. hvelpr, Du. welp, Ger. hwelf; of unknown origin. Now largely displaced by puppy. Also applied to wild animals. Sense of "scamp" first recorded early 14c.
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Example sentences
Also, spotted seals are known to breed and whelp on land when ice conditions are poor.
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