pup

Even though you probably think of a young, cuddly dog when you hear the word pup, a pup is the correct name for the young of many different mammals (even the not-so-cuddly porcupine!).

When your dog has babies, they're pups, and the same is true of baby wolves. What's more surprising is that so are the baby anteaters in the zoo, as well as the offspring of sea lions, gerbils, and mongooses, among others. Sometimes this noun is also used to mean a young person who's particularly naive or arrogant. Pup comes from puppy, from the Middle French poupée, "doll."

Definitions of pup
1

n young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolf

Synonyms:
whelp
Types:
puppy
a young dog
Type of:
young mammal
any immature mammal

n an inexperienced young person

Synonyms:
puppy
Type of:
spring chicken, young person, younker, youth
a young person (especially a young man or boy)

v birth

Synonyms:
whelp
Type of:
bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born

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