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  1. a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.
  2. a teacupful.
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  1. tempest in a teacup/teapot, a disturbance or uproar about little or nothing: The fight over who should become the next assistant treasurer of the organization is just a tempest in a teacup.Also storm in a teacup.
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Origin of teacup

First recorded in 1690–1700; tea + cup
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Related Words for teacup

mug, drink, bowl, beaker, potion, chalice, grail, vessel, teacup, cannikin, goblet, stein, tumbler, draught, cupful, taster, demitasse

Examples from the Web for teacup

Contemporary Examples of teacup

Historical Examples of teacup

  • "Of course I shall," she sobbed, while some tears dropped into Geoff's teacup.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • "Only women cut their wisdom teeth on a teacup," Miss Gannion observed.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • I had not thought of this, and I was afraid for the life of me to withdraw the teacup.


    David Christie Murray

  • The old lady also stared, her teacup suspended under her nose.

  • The Rector came towards her at once with a teacup in his hand.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for teacup


  1. a cup out of which tea may be drunk, larger than a coffee cup
  2. Also called: teacupful the amount a teacup will hold, about four fluid ounces
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