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verb (used without object), supped, sup·ping.
  1. to eat the evening meal; have supper.
verb (used with object), supped, sup·ping.
  1. to provide with or entertain at supper.

Origin of sup1

1250–1300; Middle English s(o)upen < Old French souper to take supper < Germanic; compare Old English sūpan to swallow, taste, sip. See sup2


verb (used with object), supped, sup·ping.
  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, sup·ping.
  1. to take liquid into the mouth in small quantities, as by spoonfuls or sips.
  1. a mouthful or small portion of drink or liquid food; sip.

Origin of sup2

before 900; Middle English suppen, variant of supen, Old English sūpan; cognate with German saufen to drink. Cf. sip, sop, soup, sup1


noun Mathematics.
  1. supremum.


or 'sup

interjection Slang.
  1. wassup.

Origin of sup4

by shortening


  1. superior.
  2. superlative.
  3. supine.
  4. supplement.
  5. supplementary.
  6. supply.
  7. supra.


  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

British Dictionary definitions for sup


verb sups, supping or supped
  1. (intr) archaic to have supper
  2. (tr) obsolete to provide with supper

Word Origin

C13: from Old French soper; see sup ²


verb sups, supping or supped
  1. to partake of (liquid) by swallowing a little at a time
  2. Scot and Northern English dialect to drink
  1. a sip

Word Origin

Old English sūpan; related to Old High German sūfan, German saufen; see also sup 1


abbreviation for
  1. above
  2. superior
  3. grammar superlative

Word Origin

from Latin supra
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Word Origin and History for sup


"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.


"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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