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[stoop] /stup/
a basin for holy water, as at the entrance of a church.
Scot. a pail or bucket.
Scot. and North England.
  1. a drinking vessel, as a cup or tankard, of various sizes.
  2. the amount it holds.
Origin of stoup
1350-1400; Middle English stowp < Old Norse staup drinking vessel; cognate with Old English stēap flagon Unabridged
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  • For answer, he swore a great oath that the landlord had mulled a stoup of wine for him, which he never doubted now was drugged.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • The stoup that gaes often to the well comes hame broken at last.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • In the eastern wall of the south porch is a stoup, which was formerly open, both within the porch and outside it.

    A History of Horncastle James Conway Walter
  • If there had ever been a stoup, a cross, a rude piscina, they had long since gone.

  • Yes, Darcy, there was one drop more in the stoup, and I drained it!

  • I'll take a stoup and go down to the well yonder and fetch it.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • At the rustic inn Pierre ate thick slices of dark bread and drank a stoup of thin red wine at noon.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
  • Only one man, in a brown fur-cloak, did not budge from the side of the stoup.

  • Weel a weel, ye maun just step ben and tak a stoup o cognac to the success o Bearskin and his crew.

    The Prairie-Bird Charles Augustus Murray
  • On a pillar is an image of the Virgin, and underneath it a stoup.

    Giacomo Puccini Wakeling Dry
British Dictionary definitions for stoup


a small basin for holy water
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) Also stowp. a bucket or drinking vessel
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: bucket): of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse staup beaker, Old English stēap flagon; see steep1
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Word Origin and History for stoup

late 14c., "jug, jar," from Old Norse staup "cup" (cognate of Old English steap), from Proto-Germanic *staupo- (cf. Middle Low German stop, Dutch stoop, Old High German stouf, German Stauf).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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