a sparid food fish, Stenotomus chrysops, found along the Atlantic coast of the U.S., having a compressed body and high back.

Origin of scup

1840–50, Americanism; short for earlier and dial. scuppaug, skippaug, skapaug < Narragansett (E spelling) mishcuppaûog, plural (singular mishcùp) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scup

Historical Examples of scup

  • What'll you give me if I'll make you a scup one of these days?

  • I'll show you the scup in a few minutes, as soon as I finish this job I'm about.

  • Blackfish (tautog) and scup, or scuppaug, are much esteemed.

  • I had seen plenty of city people at Scup Haven, and my few dresses, I fancied, would pass muster anywhere.

    Witch Winnie

    Elizabeth W. Champney

  • The soles when they came proved to be nice little pan-fish, not unlike what in New England are called "scup."

    What Katy Did Next

    Susan Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for scup



a common sparid fish, Stenotomus chrysops, of American coastal regions of the AtlanticAlso called: northern porgy

Word Origin for scup

C19: from Narraganset mishcup, from mishe big + kuppe close together; from the form of the scales
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