Origin of cupping
- the metal receptacle within the hole.
- the hole itself.
verb (used with object), cupped, cup·ping.
Origin of cup
Related Words for cuppingchance, portion, doom, end, lot, cup, ending, preordain, predestine, effect, break, predetermine, destine, foreordain, issue, stars, predestinate, circumstance, consequence, destination
Examples from the Web for cupping
Historical Examples of cupping
They're cupping him—so I hear from Mr. Tom, his lordship's man.The Lion's Skin
The web of shimmering wires descended, cupping him completely.The Affair of the Brains
Above and behind the physician are suspended three cupping vessels.The Legacy of Greece
He put his elbows on the table, cupping his face in his hands.Millennium
Everett B. Cole
Twice she had assisted in cupping, and she believed she could perform the p. 400operation.Hopes and Fears
Charlotte M. Yonge
- 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