- Chiefly British. a male sheep; ram.
- the head of a falling hammerlike mechanism, as of a steam hammer or pile driver.
- Chiefly British. (of a ram) to copulate with (a ewe).
- Chiefly British. (of a ewe) to copulate.
Origin of tup
1300–50; Middle English tope, tupe ram, of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for tup
As if I mattered a tup's head, the silly gomeril, bless him!The Yeoman Adventurer
George W. Gough
Start the tup in his own rough region, and we will be bound to say he will give the hounds and their followers a scramble.Ask Momma
R. S. Surtees
Tuving, strip in the boat nearest the gunwale; from tuk-, to stop a motion; tup, he makes it fast.The Central Eskimo
Little Mildred was very sad that she was not allowed to take him his “tup of toffee.”Molly Brown's College Friends
Neither Davy nor Tup will know that Im slipping in half a minute of doze.Dave Darrin and the German Submarines
H. Irving Hancock
- mainly British an uncastrated male sheep; ram
- the head of a pile-driver or steam hammer
- to cause (a ram) to mate with a ewe, or (of a ram) to mate with (a ewe)
- Lancashire dialect to butt (someone), as in a fight
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tup
"male sheep," c.1300, Scottish and Northern English; of unknown origin.
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