[ tee-kuhp ]
/ ˈtiˌkʌp /


a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.


    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.

Origin of teacup

First recorded in 1690–1700; tea + cup
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British Dictionary definitions for teacups


/ (ˈtiːˌkʌp) /


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