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tup

[ tuhp ]
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noun
Chiefly British. a male sheep; ram.
the head of a falling hammerlike mechanism, as of a steam hammer or pile driver.
verb (used with object), tupped, tup·ping.
Chiefly British. (of a ram) to copulate with (a ewe).
verb (used without object), tupped, tup·ping.
Chiefly British. (of a ewe) to copulate.
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Origin of tup

1300–50; Middle English tope, tupe ram, of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for tup

tup
/ (tʌp) /

noun
mainly British an uncastrated male sheep; ram
the head of a pile-driver or steam hammer
verb tups, tupping or tupped (tr)
to cause (a ram) to mate with a ewe, or (of a ram) to mate with (a ewe)
Lancashire dialect to butt (someone), as in a fight

Word Origin for tup

C14: of unknown origin
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