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verb[WITH OBJECT]Northern English
Take (drink or liquid food) by sips or spoonfuls.‘she supped up her soup delightedly’no object ‘he was supping straight from the bottle’
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, lapView synonyms
- ‘As we approached them, I noticed Dad was supping a two thirds full half-pint glass of Guinness.’
- ‘With your meal, you can sup Chinese tea to your heart's desire.’
- ‘Food is modern European and well-mixed cocktails are best supped on the small outdoor terrace during summer.’
- ‘They're not scared of chomping raw puffer fish, supping bat-wing broth or crunching crispy duck's feet.’
- ‘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.’
1A sip of liquid.‘he took another sup of wine’
draught, sip, swallow, drop, pull, gulpView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Smoke free air, clean air, no, pristine alpine air would fill our lungs in between sups of sweet, sweet beer.’
- 1.1Irish, Northern English mass noun Alcoholic drink.‘the latest sup from those blokes at the brewery’alcohol, alcoholic drink, liquor, intoxicating liquor, drink, strong drink, spirits, intoxicantsView synonyms
Old English sūpan (verb), sūpa (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zuipen, German saufen ‘to drink’.
Eat supper.‘you'll sup on seafood delicacies’
have a meal, partake of food, take food, consume food, feedView synonyms
- ‘Gentry supped between 5 and 6 p.m., farmers and merchants not before 7 or 8 p.m., and labourers at dusk.’
- ‘It was hard not to feel a little ridiculous, supping on delicacies while people worked at breakneck speed to get them to us.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The three young travelers supped together on Dolphin in the Captain's Cabin.’
- ‘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.’
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.
Middle English: from Old French super, of Germanic origin; related to sup.
What's up; what's happening (used as a friendly or informal greeting)‘sup, guys’
- ‘Sup Ronnie, thanks for that awesome trailer!’
- ‘Sup Grey, thanks for the read!’
- ‘Sup bro, I'm 18 and been training for 1.5 years and my gains are pure compared to my buddies.’
- ‘Sup my man, you liking Cam for tonight or Palmer?’
- ‘Sup Bro Have you heard anything about C-Mart pitching tomorrow?’
- ‘Sup with these nerdy games man.’
- ‘Sup guys, just checking in.’
- ‘Well, for all the cool dudes like myself who are not at SABR Conference, sup?’
1950s (in Scottish use, in the sense ‘what is the matter?’): informal abbreviation of what's up; compare wassup.
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