- the metal receptacle within the hole.
- the hole itself.
verb (used with object), cupped, cup·ping.
Origin of cup
Related Words for cupmug, drink, bowl, beaker, potion, chalice, grail, vessel, teacup, cannikin, goblet, stein, tumbler, draught, cupful, taster, demitasse
Examples from the Web for cup
Contemporary Examples of cup
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Soak the cranberries in ¾ cup cranberry juice for 15 minutes.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
Finally, he says, “Would you like a cup of tea or something?”
The next day, about the same time, he says, again, “Would you like a cup of tea or something?”
By two-thirty on the first afternoon at his house, I long for a cup of coffee but feel awkward about asking.
Take the Cup away from Russia now, and we will have the time for countries to bid afresh for 2018.Putin’s World Cup Picasso ‘Bribe’
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of cup
"Another cup of coffee, Mrs. Davis," he said, passing his cup across the table.Brave and Bold
His name was Cup and he too had inherited his land from a hundred other Cups who had gone before.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He raised his cup to his lips, took a sip, and set it down again.Viviette
William J. Locke
Our destiny offers, not the cup of despair, but the chalice of opportunity.
Her mother had brought her a piece of seed-cake and a cup of milk with the cream on it.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner
- (as modifier)a cup competition
verb cups, cupping or cupped (tr)
Word Origin for cup
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."
late 14c., "to draw blood by cupping," from cup (n.). Meaning "to form a cup" is from 1830. Related: Cupped; cupping.
In addition to the idiom beginning with cup
- cup of tea, one's
- in one's cups