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teacup

[tee-kuhp]
noun
  1. a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.
  2. a teacupful.
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Idioms
  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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for teacups

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

Examples from the Web for teacups

Historical Examples of teacups

  • There were some great discussions on art, over the teacups after supper.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The teacups jumped from their saucers as it thumped on the board.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • The Teacups of whom the least has been heard at our table are the Tutor and the Musician.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • We were sitting together in a very quiet way over our teacups.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • I have been the reporter, as you have seen, of my own conversation and that of the other Teacups.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


British Dictionary definitions for teacups

teacup

noun
  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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