Origin of cupping
- the metal receptacle within the hole.
- the hole itself.
verb (used with object), cupped, cup·ping.
Origin of cup
Examples from the Web for cupping
For answer Johnny whistled once, cupping his lips with his hands, to reduce the likelihood of arousing anyone on board.Sign of the Green Arrow|Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
The last bastions of cupping in the United States were the immigrant sections of large cities.
Place this end in a heading tool and work a button head on the end with either the cupping tool or a hand hammer.The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals|Charles Conrad Sleffel
For other illustrations of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century patents for cupping devices, see Haller, op.
Cupping of the discs slowly develops, causing more or less stretching of the nerve fibers over the edge of the cup.Glaucoma|Various
- 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
late 14c., "to draw blood by cupping," from cup (n.). Meaning "to form a cup" is from 1830. Related: Cupped; cupping.
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."
In addition to the idiom beginning with cup
- cup of tea, one's
- in one's cups