verb (sups, supping, supped)[with object] • dated or • dialect
- Take (drink or liquid food) by sips or spoonfuls: she supped up her soup delightedly [no object]: he was supping straight from the bottleMore example sentences
- With your meal, you can sup Chinese tea to your heart's desire.
- It is a strange sight as there are some playing at dominoes just by the side of us and a little further on they are playing at cards and on the other side they are supping their gruel.
- Food is modern European and well-mixed cocktails are best supped on the small outdoor terrace during summer.
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- A sip of liquid: he took another sup of wineMore example sentences
- Smoke free air, clean air, no, pristine alpine air would fill our lungs in between sups of sweet, sweet beer.
- After lots of sups of Lucozade and massaging of calves (players, not random cows that have just trotted onto the pitch) we're off again.
- She often took sups of at least two steaming mugs of coffee or hot cocoa.
Old English sūpan (verb), sūpa (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zuipen, German saufen 'to drink'.
verb (sups, supping, supped)[no object] • dated
- Eat supper: you’ll sup on seafood delicaciesMore example sentences
- Seafood specialties include Pacific sand dabs with Swiss chard, poached lobster and grilled branzino, while non-seafood eaters can sup on foie gras and duck breast.
- The journey from Wellington to Tauranga is one I make regularly, and I've drummed out a solid rhythm of stopping, snacking and supping along the way.
- The three young travelers supped together on Dolphin in the Captain's Cabin.
Middle English: from Old French super, of Germanic origin; related to sup1.