verb (1)
\ ˈsəp How to pronounce sup (audio) \
supped; supping

Definition of sup

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

: to take or drink in swallows or gulps

intransitive verb

chiefly dialectal : to take food and especially liquid food into the mouth a little at a time



Definition of sup (Entry 2 of 5)

: a mouthful especially of liquor or broth : sip also : a small quantity of liquid pour me just a sup of tea


verb (2)
supped; supping

Definition of sup (Entry 3 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to eat the evening meal
2 : to make one's supper used with on or off sup on roast beef

Definition of sup (Entry 4 of 5)

1 superior
2 supra
variants: or less commonly 'sup

Definition of sup (Entry 5 of 5)

used as an informal greeting equivalent to "What's up?" [Target Bakehouse and Café] Owner and baker Savancham Nap said the secret to their success lies in the relaxed manner the bakery treats its regular customers … "When those customers come. I don't say 'hello' I say 'sup man,' we talk to them like a friend, that's what people like about us."— James Baker"We always had to drive to Compton first to pick up our suit and do our makeup in this warehouse, and then go get gas, like at the nearest gas station, dressed fully as Sunny the Clown," [Alison] Brie recalls. "People were cool about it. They were just like, 'Sup girl?' And I was like, 'Sup?'"— Becky Sullivan

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Examples of sup in a Sentence

Noun the old mariner took a sup of grog and began his tale

First Known Use of sup

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1551, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sup

Verb (1)

Middle English suppen, from Old English sūpan, suppan; akin to Old High German sūfan to drink, sip, Old English sopp sop

Verb (2)

Middle English soupen, suppen, from Anglo-French super, from supe sop, soup — more at soup

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“Sup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for sup


\ ˈsəp How to pronounce sup (audio) \
supped; supping

Kids Definition of sup

: to eat the evening meal

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