cup

[kuhp]

noun

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


Idioms

    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
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British Dictionary definitions for in one's cups

cup

noun

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
British
  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 in one's cups

cup

v.

late 14c., "to draw blood by cupping," from cup (n.). Meaning "to form a cup" is from 1830. Related: Cupped; cupping.

cup

n.

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

in one's cups in Medicine

cup

[kŭp]

n.

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

v.

To subject a person or body part to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.
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Idioms and Phrases with in one's cups

in one's cups

Drunk, as in You can't believe anything he says when he's in his cups. [Early 1600s]

cup

In addition to the idiom beginning with cup

  • cup of tea, one's

also see:

  • in one's cups
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