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.

Origin of tup

1300–50; Middle English tope, tupe ram, of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for tup

Historical Examples of tup

  • As if I mattered a tup's head, the silly gomeril, bless him!

    The Yeoman Adventurer

    George W. Gough

  • Start the tup in his own rough region, and we will be bound to say he will give the hounds and their followers a scramble.

    Ask Momma

    R. S. Surtees

  • Tuving, strip in the boat nearest the gunwale; from tuk-, to stop a motion; tup, he makes it fast.

  • Little Mildred was very sad that she was not allowed to take him his “tup of toffee.”

  • Neither Davy nor Tup will know that Im slipping in half a minute of doze.

British Dictionary definitions for tup



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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Word Origin and History for tup

"male sheep," c.1300, Scottish and Northern English; of unknown origin.

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