Main definitions of sup in English

: sup1sup2

sup1

verb

[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With your meal, you can sup Chinese tea to your heart's desire.’
    • ‘As we approached them, I noticed Dad was supping a two thirds full half-pint glass of Guinness.’
    • ‘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.’
    drink, swallow, 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, sup, sip, lap
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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

: sup1sup2

sup2

verb

[NO OBJECT]dated
  • Eat supper:

    ‘you'll sup on seafood delicacies’
    • ‘It was hard not to feel a little ridiculous, supping on delicacies while people worked at breakneck speed to get them to us.’
    • ‘The three young travelers supped together on Dolphin in the Captain's Cabin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gentry supped between 5 and 6 p.m., farmers and merchants not before 7 or 8 p.m., and labourers at dusk.’
    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/