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chiefly British : ram sense 1a
: a heavy metal body (such as the weight of a pendulum)


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tupped; tupping

transitive verb

chiefly British
: to copulate with (a ewe)

Examples of tup in a Sentence

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In contrast, the surrounding hillside is dreamily serene: A modest herd of cattle browses in one field, clusters of tups (rams) and ewes with lambs in the others. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, 20 Apr. 2018 Faced with that reality, hill farmers tend to focus on producing prize breeding stock, the tups responsible for show-winning bloodlines. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, 20 Apr. 2018

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Word History



Middle English tupe

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tup was in the 14th century

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“Tup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tup. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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