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Form Middle High German welf, welfe, from Old High German hwelf, from Proto-West Germanic *hwelp, from Proto-Germanic *hwelpaz. The consonantism in modern Welpe is from Middle Low German welp, from Old Saxon hwelp. Cognate to English whelp.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvɛlpə/
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  • Hyphenation: Wel‧pe


Welpe m (genitive Welpen, plural Welpen, diminutive Welpchen n or Welplein n, female Welpe or Welpin (rare))

  1. puppy (male or of unspecified sex) (young dog)
    Meine Hündin hat neulich sieben Welpen geworfen.
    My dog recently bore seven puppies.
  2. cub (male or of unspecified sex) (young of several wild animals)
    Ich habe gestern im Wald einen Fuchs mit seinen Welpen gesehen.
    Yesterday I saw a fox and its cubs in the forest.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Welpe” in Duden online