Definition of tup in English:



  • A ram.

    ‘tups were set free among the ewes for mating’
    • ‘We had 450 sheep, 20 tups and 150 cattle culled and lying in a shed for 10 days before they could go on the pyre.’
    • ‘A farmer buying some replacement breeding ewes or a new tup could not then move his store lambs or suckler calves.’
    • ‘For the Harpers, the sheep farming year begins in September when they put their tups to their ewes.’
    • ‘Farmers are having to apply for licences in order to be allowed to bring tups to ewes and bulls to cows for breeding.’
    • ‘I also said that November was the usual time for letting tups go with sheep; this is so, but I should also remind you about the month of October.’
    • ‘A flock of 200 ewes, half of which are Suffolks and the rest Mules, are run with either a Texel or a Suffolk tup to produce fat lambs.’
    • ‘The sheep interbreed competition resulted in Mr Marwood being pulled forward with his home bred Charollais ewe, a daughter of the renowned tup Westonvale Jubilee, on its first show outing.’
    • ‘It is a long time, probably beyond the memory of man, since the percentage sold of tups has been as high.’

verbtups, tupping, tupped

[with object]
  • 1British (of a ram) copulate with (a ewe)

    ‘making small changes to the number of ewes a ram is required to tup can have a big impact on costs’
    as noun tupping ‘the shepherd arranges the tupping depending on when he wants his ewes to lamb’
    • ‘The farmers in the group have had to coordinate tupping so that fresh lambs, around 70 each month, are available all year round.’
    • ‘Owners of breeding ewes in this position may well have to consider tupping their remaining flock before offering them for sale.’
    1. 1.1British vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
  • 2British, Northern English informal Headbutt (someone) in a fight.

    ram, headbutt, bunt


Middle English of unknown origin.