hwelp

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

hwelp

  1. (Early ME) Alternative form of whelp

Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hwelpaz.

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Noun[edit]

hwelp m

  1. puppy
    Ealle hundas sind hwelpas.
    All dogs are puppies.
    Mīn hund nīwan ġebær seofon hwelpas.
    My dog recently bore seven puppies.
    Ēalā, hū swēte hwelp!
    Oh, what a cute puppy!
    • c. 990, Wessex Gospels, Matthew 15:27
      Þā hwelpas etaþ of þām crumum þe of heora hlāforda bēodum feallaþ.
      The puppies eat from the crumbs that fall from their masters' tables.
  2. cub, pup
    Ġiestrandæġ iċ ġeseah on wuda ānne fox mid his hwelpum.
    Yesterday I saw a fox with its cubs in the forest.
    Þā hwelpas mihton æt nīehstan leaxes onbierġan.
    The cubs finally got to taste salmon.
    • c. 900, the Old English Orosius
      Sēo lēo bringþ hungrigum hwelpum hwæt tō etenne.
      The lion brings hungry cubs something to eat.
    • The Life of Malchus
      Wē ġesāwon þā lēon on þām eorðsċræfe mid hiere hwelpum.
      We saw the lion in the cave with its cubs.

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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hwelpaz.

Noun[edit]

hwelp m

  1. a whelp, pup