Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday words: Whelp and whelk

Two unrelated w-words for you, to make up for missing last Friday.

  1. : any of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog

  2. : a young boy or girl

    (In its 2nd sense, it usually has a contemptuous connotation; thanks prettygoodword for the clarification.)


Middle English, from Old English hwelp; akin to Old High German hwelf whelp

First Known Use: before 12th century


Whelk :

: any of numerous large marine snails (as of the genus Buccinum); especially : one (B. undatum) used as food in Europe


Middle English welke, from Old English weoloc; akin to Middle Dutch willoc whelk and perhaps to Latin volvere to turn

First Known Use: before 12th century

See here for an illustration.
Tags: latin, middle english, noun, old english, w, wordsmith: med_cat

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