Whelp (?), n. [AS. hwelp; akin to D. welp, G. & OHG. welf, Icel. hvelpr, Dan. hvalp, Sw. valp.]


One of the young of a dog or a beast of prey; a puppy; a cub; as, a lion's whelps.

"A bear robbed of her whelps."

2 Sam. xvii. 8.


A child; a youth; -- jocosely or in contempt.

That awkward whelp with his money bags would have made his entrance. Addison.

3. Naut.

One of the longitudinal ribs or ridges on the barrel of a capstan or a windless; -- usually in the plural; as, the whelps of a windlass.


One of the teeth of a sprocket wheel.


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Whelp, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whelped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Whelping.]

To bring forth young; -- said of the female of the dog and some beasts of prey.


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Whelp, v. t.

To bring forth, as cubs or young; to give birth to.

Unless she had whelped it herself, she could not have loved a thing better. B. Jonson.

Did thy foul fancy whelp so black a scheme? Young.


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