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1The providing or eating of supper; the entertaining of guests at supper; an instance of this.
2Chiefly Scottish and English regional (northern). The final feeding of animals in the evening, sometimes also including bedding them down. Also: †the final food given to animals in the evening (obsolete).
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679), philosopher. From supper + -ing.
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