verb (used with object), cupped, cup·ping.

Nearby words

  1. cunningly,
  2. cunobelinus,
  3. cunt,
  4. cuomo,
  5. cuomo, mario matthew,
  6. cup and cover,
  7. cup biopsy forceps,
  8. cup coral,
  9. cup final,
  10. cup fungus


    in one's cups, intoxicated; drunk.

Origin of cup

before 1000; Middle English, Old English cuppe < Latin cuppa, variant of cūpa tub, cask

Related formscup·like, adjectiveun·der·cup, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cups

British Dictionary definitions for cups



a small open container, usually having one handle, used for drinking from
the contents of such a containerthat cup was too sweet
Also called: teacup, cupful a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre
something resembling a cup in shape or function, such as the flower base of some plants of the rose family or a cuplike bodily organ
either of two cup-shaped parts of a brassiere, designed to support the breasts
a cup-shaped trophy awarded as a prize
  1. a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner
  2. (as modifier)a cup competition
a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowlclaret cup
golf the hole or metal container in the hole on a green
the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist
one's lot in life
in one's cups drunk
one's cup of tea informal one's chosen or preferred thing, task, company, etcshe's not my cup of tea

verb cups, cupping or cupped (tr)

to form (something, such as the hands) into the shape of a cup
to put into or as if into a cup
archaic to draw blood to the surface of the body of (a person) by using a cupping glass
Derived Formscuplike, adjective

Word Origin for cup

Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa cup, alteration of Latin cūpa cask

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Word Origin and History for cups
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Medicine definitions for cups




A cup-shaped structure or organ.
cupping glass
A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces.


To subject a person or body part to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.

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Idioms and Phrases with cups


In addition to the idiom beginning with cup

  • cup of tea, one's

also see:

  • in one's cups
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