- hollowed out like a cup; cup-shaped.
Origin of cupped
- a small, open container made of china, glass, metal, etc., usually having a handle and used chiefly as a receptable from which to drink tea, soup, etc.
- the bowllike part of a goblet or the like.
- a cup with its contents.
- the quantity contained in a cup.
- a unit of capacity, equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters) or 16 tablespoons; half-pint.
- an ornamental bowl, vase, etc., especially of precious metal, offered as a prize for a contest.
- any of various beverages, as a mixture of wine and various ingredients: claret cup.
- the chalice used in the Eucharist.
- the wine of the Eucharist.
- something to be partaken of or endured; one's portion, as of joy or suffering.
- cups, the drinking of intoxicating liquors.
- any cuplike utensil, organ, part, cavity, etc.
- either of the two forms that cover and usually support the breasts in a brassiere or other garment, as a bathing suit.
- an athletic supporter reinforced with rigid plastic or metal for added protection.
- the metal receptacle within the hole.
- the hole itself.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Crater.
- cupping glass.
- Metalworking. a cylindrical shell closed at one end, especially one produced in the first stages of a deep-drawing operation.
- Mathematics. the cuplike symbol ∪, used to indicate the union of two sets.Compare union(def 10a).
- in one's cups, intoxicated; drunk.
Origin of cup
Examples from the Web for cupped
I cupped my searing left cheek in my hand as I sobbed, muffling my mouth with the other so not to wake my daughter.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.
September 10, 2014
Situated at 5,400 feet, it's encircled by jagged peaks that make you feel you're cupped inside a caldera.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
WE BOTH KNOW I CUPPED HIS BALLS, so we exchanged a, 'I know you know I just felt your balls look.'Penis Beakers and Constipated Dolls: What Mothers REALLY Want To Know
October 11, 2013
They cupped each other's hands and shifted their body weight ever-so-slightly.Gays Who Don't Want Gay Marriage
February 26, 2011
"Look at all the paparazzi going wild," he said, and cupped his hand to his mouth.Knowing Bill Cunningham
March 22, 2010
She brought it obediently and poured it into his cupped hands.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Forepaugh cupped his hands over his mouth and gave the call.
Jimmy's neighbor had cupped his hand behind his ear and was evidently disappointed.Mixed Faces
Dawes cupped his hands over the plate glass and peered inside.Dream Town
No forger brought these cupped stones in his waistcoat pocket.The Clyde Mystery
- hollowed like a cup; concave
- a small open container, usually having one handle, used for drinking from
- the contents of such a containerthat cup was too sweet
- Also called: teacup, cupful a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre
- something resembling a cup in shape or function, such as the flower base of some plants of the rose family or a cuplike bodily organ
- either of two cup-shaped parts of a brassiere, designed to support the breasts
- a cup-shaped trophy awarded as a prize
- a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner
- (as modifier)a cup competition
- a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowlclaret cup
- golf the hole or metal container in the hole on a green
- the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist
- one's lot in life
- in one's cups drunk
- one's cup of tea informal one's chosen or preferred thing, task, company, etcshe's not my cup of tea
- to form (something, such as the hands) into the shape of a cup
- to put into or as if into a cup
- archaic to draw blood to the surface of the body of (a person) by using a cupping glass
Word Origin and History for cupped
late 14c., "to draw blood by cupping," from cup (n.). Meaning "to form a cup" is from 1830. Related: Cupped; cupping.
Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa "cup" (source of Italian coppa, Spanish copa, Old French coupe "cup"), from Latin cupa "tub, cask, tun, barrel," from PIE *keup- "a hollow" (cf. Sanskrit kupah "hollow, pit, cave," Greek kype "a kind of ship," Old Church Slavonic kupu, Lithuanian kaupas).
The Late Latin word was borrowed throughout Germanic; cf. Old Frisian kopp "cup, head," Middle Low German kopp "cup," Middle Dutch coppe, Dutch kopje "cup, head." German cognate Kopf now means exclusively "head" (cf. French tête, from Latin testa "potsherd"). Meaning "part of a bra that holds a breast" is from 1938. [One's] cup of tea "what interests one" (1932), earlier used of persons (1908), the sense being "what is invigorating."
- A cup-shaped structure or organ.
- cupping glass
- A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces.
- To subject a person or body part to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.