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

1350–1400; Middle English stowp < Old Norse staup drinking vessel; cognate with Old English stēap flagon
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Related Words for stoup

jug, tankard, flagon, demitasse, stoup, toby, cup, flask, can, stein

Examples from the Web for stoup

Historical Examples of stoup

  • Yes, Darcy, there was one drop more in the stoup, and I drained it!

    The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • If there had ever been a stoup, a cross, a rude piscina, they had long since gone.

  • I'll take a stoup and go down to the well yonder and fetch it.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • The stoup that gaes often to the well comes hame broken at last.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • Only one man, in a brown fur-cloak, did not budge from the side of the stoup.

British Dictionary definitions for stoup



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