Definition of supper in English:

supper

noun

  • 1An evening meal, typically a light or informal one.

    ‘we had a delicious cold supper’
    mass noun ‘I was sent to bed without any supper’
    • ‘It was obviously meant for family meals or private informal suppers with friends.’
    • ‘Originating in London, the spa towns and developing seaside resorts to provide entertainment for their seasonal influx of visitors, Assemblies consisted of a concert followed by dancing, card games and a light supper.’
    • ‘They will be greeted with a light supper before heading to the local pub for a drink.’
    • ‘Traditional Spanish tapas bars serve meat, cheese, tortillas and salads as the light evening supper, and Spanish wine flows freely, as does olive oil.’
    • ‘The tour will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a light supper and social hour.’
    • ‘Card tables were set up, a good supper was enjoyed and plenty of gossip ensued.’
    • ‘She'll be having her supper on a tray, watching the sundown birds.’
    • ‘The three carried their supper into the living room and after a few mouthfuls of tea, picked up their instruments.’
    • ‘Two of her four children were in their locked bedroom, waiting for their supper.’
    • ‘You might just end up without any supper for the evening.’
    • ‘He chooses times of day when the lights are just coming on, twilight or early evening, when people are still awake, maybe congregating in a single room for supper or to watch TV.’
    • ‘Then he'd play catch with his son for 15 or 20 or 30 minutes before supper.’
    • ‘He sits there for a while, but a nurse comes along and makes him get some supper.’
    • ‘After they eat supper, they argue over the remnants of the basket of mushrooms.’
    • ‘But then his mom told him to clean his room and get washed up for supper.’
    • ‘They had all eaten poisonous mushrooms for supper, except the boy, who was denied supper as a punishment, because he had misbehaved.’
    dinner, evening meal, main meal
    evening snack
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    1. 1.1Scottish, Northern English with modifier A meal consisting of the specified food with chips.
      ‘a fish supper’
      • ‘But his hymn to a vanishing craft is somewhat undercut by his ruthlessly unsentimental portrait of the human cost it exacted and of the appalling risks men endured so that others could enjoy a fish supper.’
      • ‘For the price of a fish supper, you can be in a public space with them, sometimes so close you can actually smell the fear!’

Phrases

    sing for one's supper
    • Earn a favour or benefit by providing a service in return.

      ‘the cruise lecturers are academics singing for their supper’
      • ‘But I sometimes wonder what it would be like to just be a normal guest, rather than someone who sings for their supper.’
      • ‘Though ostensibly a study of contemporary trends, the programme relied almost exclusively on picturesque images from the long-gone era of horse-drawn wagons, roadside tinsmithery and jolly beggarmen singing for their supper.’
      • ‘Reason is I'm doing a bit of network support for a friend while I'm there - singing for my supper, as it were.’
      • ‘For once in your life, you don't have to sing for your supper.’
      • ‘Decades ago, my dad said, ‘You never know when you might need to sing for your supper.’’
      • ‘Frankly, if they're not going to sing for their supper, they should go straight out the door’.’
      • ‘This is one of those moments where publicists really have to break out the creativity and sing for their supper.’
      • ‘All sang for their supper, offering the principal selling points of their country and their people: ‘Abundance of cheap labour… a treasure house of resources… a captive market.’’
      • ‘A colleague rather unkindly called it singing for our supper every evening of our lives!’
      • ‘Whether it would guarantee her success in the big race was another matter, but nobody expects her to sing for her supper every night.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French super ‘to sup’ (used as a noun) (see sup).

Pronunciation

supper

/ˈsʌpə/