a basin for holy water, as at the entrance of a church.
Scot. a pail or bucket.
Scot. and North England.
  1. a drinking vessel, as a cup or tankard, of various sizes.
  2. the amount it holds.

Nearby words

  1. stotious,
  2. stotter,
  3. stottie,
  4. stoughton,
  5. stound,
  6. stour,
  7. stourbridge,
  8. stourhead,
  9. stoush,
  10. stout

Origin of stoup

1350–1400; Middle English stowp < Old Norse staup drinking vessel; cognate with Old English stēap flagon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stoup




a small basin for holy water
Also: stowp Scot and Northern English dialect a bucket or drinking vessel

Word Origin for stoup

C14 (in the sense: bucket): of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse staup beaker, Old English stēap flagon; see steep 1

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Word Origin and History for stoup



late 14c., "jug, jar," from Old Norse staup "cup" (cognate of Old English steap), from Proto-Germanic *staupo- (cf. Middle Low German stop, Dutch stoop, Old High German stouf, German Stauf).

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