verb (used with object), tupped, tup·ping.
  1. Chiefly British. (of a ram) to copulate with (a ewe).
verb (used without object), tupped, tup·ping.
  1. Chiefly British. (of a ewe) to copulate.

Origin of tup

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


  1. mainly British an uncastrated male sheep; ram
  2. the head of a pile-driver or steam hammer
verb tups, tupping or tupped (tr)
  1. to cause (a ram) to mate with a ewe, or (of a ram) to mate with (a ewe)
  2. 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 tupping



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

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