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[suhp] /sʌp/
verb (used without object), supped, supping.
1.
to eat the evening meal; have supper.
verb (used with object), supped, supping.
2.
to provide with or entertain at supper.
Origin of sup1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English s(o)upen < Old French souper to take supper < Germanic; compare Old English sūpan to swallow, taste, sip. See sup2

sup2

[suhp] /sʌp/
verb (used with object), supped, supping.
1.
to take (liquid food, or any liquid) into the mouth in small quantities, as from a spoon or cup; sip.
verb (used without object), supped, supping.
2.
to take liquid into the mouth in small quantities, as by spoonfuls or sips.
noun
3.
a mouthful or small portion of drink or liquid food; sip.
Origin
before 900; Middle English suppen, variant of supen, Old English sūpan; cognate with German saufen to drink. Cf. sip, sop, soup, sup1

sup3

[soop] /sup/
noun, Mathematics.
1.

sup4

or 'sup

[suhp] /sʌp/
interjection, Slang.
1.
Origin
by shortening

sup.

sup-

1.
variant of sub- before p:
suppose.
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Examples from the Web for sup
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Historical Examples
  • He is to sup at the Deanery to-morrow, and I am to be in waiting to see him.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The king is at the tent of the brave Du Guesclin, where he will sup to night.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Duerot has tried his hardest to sup in Lagny, and has been balked by German valour.

  • Let us skirt it and push on for Bruton, where we may spare time for bite and sup.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And you're not a-going to ask me to take a sup out of that 'ere bottle, eh?'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Interruptions and discussions were frequent; they were also making pretence to sup.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • So I invited him to sup with me, just as if he were a fair youth, and I a designing lover.

    Symposium Plato
  • No, but a morning when he paid for his bed for he had nowther bite nor sup in the house.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for sup

sup1

/sʌp/
verb sups, supping, supped
1.
(intransitive) (archaic) to have supper
2.
(transitive) (obsolete) to provide with supper
Word Origin
C13: from Old French soper; see sup²

sup2

/sʌp/
verb sups, supping, supped
1.
to partake of (liquid) by swallowing a little at a time
2.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to drink
noun
3.
a sip
Word Origin
Old English sūpan; related to Old High German sūfan, German saufen; see also sup1

sup.

abbreviation
1.
above
2.
superior
3.
(grammar) superlative
Word Origin
from Latin supra
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Word Origin and History for sup
v.1

"eat the evening meal," late 13c., from Old French super, which probably is from soupe "broth" (see soup), until recently still the traditional evening meal of French workers.

v.2

"sip," Old English supan (West Saxon), suppan, supian (Northumbrian) "to sip, swallow," from Proto-Germanic *supanan (cf. Old Norse supa "to sip, drink," Middle Low German supen, Dutch zuipen "to drink, tipple, booze," Old High German sufan, German saufen "to drink, booze"), from PIE *sub-, possibly an extended form of root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (cf. Sanskrit sunoti "presses out juice," soma; Avestan haoma, Persian hom "juice;" Greek huetos "rain," huein "to rain;" Latin sugere "to suck," succus "juice, sap;" Lithuanian sula "flowing sap;" Old Church Slavonic soku "sap," susati "suck;" Middle Irish suth "sap;" Old English seaw "sap").

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