- the metal receptacle within the hole.
- the hole itself.
verb (used with object), cupped, cup·ping.
Origin of cup
Related Words for in one's cupsdrunken, stewed, glazed, lush, pickled, inebriated, intoxicated, smashed, plastered, sloshed, soused, wasted, loaded, faced, tanked, polluted, buzzed, trashed, bombed, befuddled
- 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 one's cups
Drunk, as in You can't believe anything he says when he's in his cups. [Early 1600s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with cup
- cup of tea, one's
- in one's cups