tea·​cup ˈtē-ˌkəp How to pronounce teacup (audio)
: a small cup usually with a handle used with a saucer for hot beverages
teacupful noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That metric may be deceiving, too, since a traditional five-piece place setting includes a teacup and saucer. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2023 But those teacup storms have not translated into the wider gaming community who are likely not aware at them at all. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 This movie really embraces the social media era where something can become memeified and generate a little bit of a tempest in a teacup of attention. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 23 Feb. 2023 But no one need doubt that the teacup ride will function as advertised. David Mamet, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 This meant swapping out any period furnishings that the actors would sit on or even place a teacup on, according to production designer Bob Shaw. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 5 Jan. 2023 Plus Flea & Tick Spot Treatment for Dogs is available in four different doses, ranging from teacup to giant breeds. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 Laissez Faire & Company, 10710 York Road, Cockeysville. Ceramic teacup from local artist Alex Bell, $40. Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun, 14 Nov. 2022 In that light, the Singularity is just a digital tempest in a teacup. Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 20 Jan. 2011 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teacup was in 1700

Dictionary Entries Near teacup

Cite this Entry

“Teacup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teacup. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


tea·​cup ˈtē-ˌkəp How to pronounce teacup (audio)
: a small cup used with a saucer for hot beverages

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