scupper

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[ skuhp-er ]
/ ˈskʌp ər /
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noun

Nautical. a drain at the edge of a deck exposed to the weather, for allowing accumulated water to drain away into the sea or into the bilges.Compare freeing port.
a drain, closed by one or two flaps, for allowing water from the sprinkler system of a factory or the like to run off a floor of the building to the exterior.
any opening in the side of a building, as in a parapet, for draining off rain water.

Origin of scupper

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1475–85; earlier skoper. See scoop, -er1

Definition for scupper (2 of 2)

scupper

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[ skuhp-er ]
/ ˈskʌp ər /

verb (used with object) British.

Military. to overwhelm; surprise and destroy, disable, or massacre.
Informal. to prevent from happening or succeeding; ruin; wreck.

Origin of scupper

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First recorded in 1880–85; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for scupper (1 of 2)

scupper

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/ (ˈskʌpə) /

noun

nautical a drain or spout allowing water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
an opening in the side of a building for draining off water
a drain in a factory floor for running off the water from a sprinkler system

Word Origin for scupper

C15 skopper, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to scoop

British Dictionary definitions for scupper (2 of 2)

scupper

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/ (ˈskʌpə) /

verb (tr) British

slang to overwhelm, ruin, or disable
to sink (one's ship) deliberately

Word Origin for scupper

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for scupper

scupper


n.

"opening in a ship's side at deck level to let the water flow out," early 15c., perhaps from Old French escopir "to spit out," or related to Dutch schop "shovel," or from Middle English scope "scoop" (see scoop (n.)).

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