Main definitions of sup in English

: sup1sup2sup3

sup1

verbsups, supping, supped

[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’
    • ‘With your meal, you can sup Chinese tea to your heart's desire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They're not scared of chomping raw puffer fish, supping bat-wing broth or crunching crispy duck's feet.’
    • ‘As we approached them, I noticed Dad was supping a two thirds full half-pint glass of Guinness.’
    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, sup, sip, lap

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She often took sups of at least two steaming mugs of coffee or hot cocoa.’
    draught, sip, swallow, sup, drop, pull, gulp
    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

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

verbsups, supping, supped

[with object]dated
  • Eat supper.

    ‘you'll sup on seafood delicacies’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three young travelers supped together on Dolphin in the Captain's Cabin.’
    • ‘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.’
    have a meal, partake of food, take food, consume food, feed

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’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

sup

/sʌp/