- Chiefly British. a male sheep; ram.
- the head of a falling hammerlike mechanism, as of a steam hammer or pile driver.
- Chiefly British. (of a ram) to copulate with (a ewe).
- Chiefly British. (of a ewe) to copulate.
Origin of tup
1300–50; Middle English tope, tupe ram, of obscure origin
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- mainly British an uncastrated male sheep; ram
- the head of a pile-driver or steam hammer
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"male sheep," c.1300, Scottish and Northern English; of unknown origin.
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