- IPA(key): /wɛlp/
- (without the wine–whine merger) IPA(key): /hwɛlp/
- Rhymes: -ɛlp
- Homophone: welp (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
whelp (plural whelps)
- A young offspring of a canid (ursid, felid, pinniped), especially of a dog or a wolf, the young of a bear or similar mammal (lion, tiger, seal); a pup, wolf cub.
- (derogatory) An insolent youth; a mere child.
- That awkward whelp with his money bags would have made his entrance.
- (obsolete) A kind of ship.
- One of several wooden strips to prevent wear on a windlass on a clipper-era ship.
- A tooth on a sprocket wheel (compare sprocket and cog).
- fox whelp, fox-whelp, fox's whelp (foxling)
- (Newfoundland) whelping ice
- wolf whelp, wolf-whelp, wolf's whelp
young of a mammal
- (transitive, intransitive) (of she-dog, she-wolf, vixen, etc.) To give birth.
- The bitch whelped.
- The she-wolf whelped a large litter of cubs.
(animals) to give birth