- to eat the evening meal; have supper.
- to provide with or entertain at supper.
Origin of sup1
- to take (liquid food, or any liquid) into the mouth in small quantities, as from a spoon or cup; sip.
- to take liquid into the mouth in small quantities, as by spoonfuls or sips.
- a mouthful or small portion of drink or liquid food; sip.
Origin of sup2
Origin of sup4
- variant of sub- before p: suppose.
Related Wordsgargle, consume, imbibe, down, booze, guzzle, nip, belt, toast, sip, irrigate, thirst, gulp, dissipate, quaff, slosh, absorb, swig, inhale, indulge
Examples from the Web for sup
Competence with pain, Coherent miseries, a bite and sup, We hug our little destiny again.Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: Accessible, Yes, and Beautiful
August 30, 2013
One sure sign Gov. Jindal is hungry for higher office is his willingness to sup at the table of the kook right.Memo to Bobby Jindal: Dump Rush
February 24, 2009
He is to sup at the Deanery to-morrow, and I am to be in waiting to see him.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The king is at the tent of the brave Du Guesclin, where he will sup to night.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Duerot has tried his hardest to sup in Lagny, and has been balked by German valour.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Let us skirt it and push on for Bruton, where we may spare time for bite and sup.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
And you're not a-going to ask me to take a sup out of that 'ere bottle, eh?'Barnaby Rudge
- (intr) archaic to have supper
- (tr) obsolete to provide with supper
- to partake of (liquid) by swallowing a little at a time
- Scot and Northern English dialect to drink
- a sip
- grammar superlative
Word Origin and History for sup
"eat the evening meal," late 13c., from Old French super, which probably is from soupe "broth" (see soup), until recently still the traditional evening meal of French workers.
"sip," Old English supan (West Saxon), suppan, supian (Northumbrian) "to sip, swallow," from Proto-Germanic *supanan (cf. Old Norse supa "to sip, drink," Middle Low German supen, Dutch zuipen "to drink, tipple, booze," Old High German sufan, German saufen "to drink, booze"), from PIE *sub-, possibly an extended form of root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (cf. Sanskrit sunoti "presses out juice," soma; Avestan haoma, Persian hom "juice;" Greek huetos "rain," huein "to rain;" Latin sugere "to suck," succus "juice, sap;" Lithuanian sula "flowing sap;" Old Church Slavonic soku "sap," susati "suck;" Middle Irish suth "sap;" Old English seaw "sap").