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WHALP, n., v. Also whaulp (Kcb. 1911 G. M. Gordon Auld Clay Biggin' 83), whaalp (Sh. 1892 Shetland News (15 Oct.)), whulp (Bnff. 1871 Banffshire Jnl. (19 Dec.) 9; Per., Fif. 1915–26 Wilson; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. whelp, a puppy, to produce pups (I.Sc., Cai., m., s.Sc. 1974), and in fig., gen. contemptuous, senses, of human beings (Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 230; Ayr. 1786 Burns Twa Dogs 11, Sc. 1816 Scott Letters (Cent. Ed.) IV. 217, Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders ii.; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein). Dims. whalpie (Abd. 1826 D. Anderson Poems 16), whaulpie (Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders xliv.), wholpie (Abd. 1865 G. MacDonald Alec Forbes lxiv.), ¶whapie (Peb. 1817 R. D. C. Brown Comic Poems 15). Deriv. whalpish, of or like a whelp (Clc. 1902 J. Christie Poems 6). For ne.Sc. forms see Folp. [ʍɑlp, ʍʌlp] Sc. usage: a standard size of brick, esp. fire-brick, of longitudinal shape, averaging 12 inches long, 6 inches broad and 2½-3 ins. thick (Fif., Ayr. 1974).

[For the vowel cf. P.L.D. § 56. O.Sc. quhalp, c.1540.]

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"Whalp n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 10 Dec 2018 <>



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