Main definitions of sup in English

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sup1

verbsupped, sups, supping

[with object]Northern English
dated
  • Take (drink or liquid food) by sips or spoonfuls.

    ‘she supped up her soup delightedly’
    no object ‘he was supping straight from the bottle’
    • ‘As we approached them, I noticed Dad was supping a two thirds full half-pint glass of Guinness.’
    • ‘Food is modern European and well-mixed cocktails are best supped on the small outdoor terrace during summer.’
    • ‘It is a strange sight as there are some playing at dominoes just by the side of us and a little further on they are playing at cards and on the other side they are supping their gruel.’
    • ‘With your meal, you can sup Chinese tea to your heart's desire.’
    • ‘They're not scared of chomping raw puffer fish, supping bat-wing broth or crunching crispy duck's feet.’
    drink, swallow, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, slurp, attack, down, drink down, drink up, force down, get down, finish off, polish off, drain, empty, imbibe, have, take, partake of, ingest, consume, sip, lap
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nounPlural sups

  • 1A sip of liquid.

    ‘he took another sup of wine’
    • ‘Smoke free air, clean air, no, pristine alpine air would fill our lungs in between sups of sweet, sweet beer.’
    • ‘She often took sups of at least two steaming mugs of coffee or hot cocoa.’
    • ‘After lots of sups of Lucozade and massaging of calves (players, not random cows that have just trotted onto the pitch) we're off again.’
    draught, sip, swallow, drop, pull, gulp
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    1. 1.1Northern English, Irish mass noun Alcoholic drink.
      ‘the latest sup from those blokes at the brewery’
      alcohol, alcoholic drink, liquor, intoxicating liquor, drink, strong drink, spirits, intoxicants
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Origin

Old English sūpan (verb), sūpa (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zuipen, German saufen ‘to drink’.

Pronunciation

sup

/sʌp/

Main definitions of sup in English

: sup1sup2sup3

sup2

verbsupped, sups, supping

[no object]dated
  • Eat supper.

    ‘you'll sup on seafood delicacies’
    • ‘The three young travelers supped together on Dolphin in the Captain's Cabin.’
    • ‘Gentry supped between 5 and 6 p.m., farmers and merchants not before 7 or 8 p.m., and labourers at dusk.’
    • ‘The journey from Wellington to Tauranga is one I make regularly, and I've drummed out a solid rhythm of stopping, snacking and supping along the way.’
    • ‘Seafood specialties include Pacific sand dabs with Swiss chard, poached lobster and grilled branzino, while non-seafood eaters can sup on foie gras and duck breast.’
    • ‘It was hard not to feel a little ridiculous, supping on delicacies while people worked at breakneck speed to get them to us.’
    have a meal, partake of food, take food, consume food, feed
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Phrases

  • he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon

    • proverb A person who has dealings with a dangerous or wily person should be cautious.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French super, of Germanic origin; related to sup.

Pronunciation

sup

/sʌp/

Main definitions of sup in English

: sup1sup2sup3

sup3

(also 'sup)

exclamation

US
informal
  • What's up; what's happening (used as a friendly or informal greeting)

    ‘sup, guys’
    • ‘Sup guys, just checking in.’
    • ‘Sup Ronnie, thanks for that awesome trailer!’
    • ‘Well, for all the cool dudes like myself who are not at SABR Conference, sup?’
    • ‘Sup Grey, thanks for the read!’
    • ‘Sup with these nerdy games man.’
    • ‘Sup my man, you liking Cam for tonight or Palmer?’
    • ‘Sup Bro Have you heard anything about C-Mart pitching tomorrow?’
    • ‘Sup bro, I'm 18 and been training for 1.5 years and my gains are pure compared to my buddies.’

Origin

1950s (in Scottish use, in the sense ‘what is the matter?’): informal abbreviation of what's up; compare wassup.

Pronunciation

sup

/sʌp/