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verbsupped, sups, supping[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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Food is modern European and well-mixed cocktails are best supped on the small outdoor terrace during summer.’
A sip of liquid.‘he took another sup of wine’
draught, sip, swallow, drop, pull, gulpView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Old English sūpan (verb), sūpa (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zuipen, German saufen ‘to drink’.
verbsupped, sups, supping[no object]dated
Eat supper.‘you'll sup on seafood delicacies’
have a meal, partake of food, take food, consume food, feedView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was hard not to feel a little ridiculous, supping on delicacies while people worked at breakneck speed to get them to us.’
- ‘Gentry supped between 5 and 6 p.m., farmers and merchants not before 7 or 8 p.m., and labourers at dusk.’
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 my man, you liking Cam for tonight or Palmer?’
- ‘Sup with these nerdy games man.’
- ‘Sup Ronnie, thanks for that awesome trailer!’
- ‘Sup guys, just checking in.’
- ‘Sup bro, I'm 18 and been training for 1.5 years and my gains are pure compared to my buddies.’
- ‘Well, for all the cool dudes like myself who are not at SABR Conference, sup?’
- ‘Sup Bro Have you heard anything about C-Mart pitching tomorrow?’
- ‘Sup Grey, thanks for the read!’
1950s (in Scottish use, in the sense ‘what is the matter?’): informal abbreviation of what's up; compare wassup.
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