[ 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.

Words nearby scupper

Origin of scupper

First recorded in 1880–85; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for scuppered (1 of 2)

/ (ˈskʌpə) /


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 scuppered (2 of 2)

/ (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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