tup

noun
\ˈtəp \

Definition of tup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly British : ram sense 1a

2 : a heavy metal body (such as the weight of a pendulum)

tup

verb
tupped; tupping

Definition of tup (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

chiefly British

: to copulate with (a ewe)

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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, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 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, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 20 Apr. 2018 Chariot, a San Francisco jitney service star tup, gives Ford a new business in urban markets. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Ford’s New CEO Hints at Ambitious Plans: ‘We Don’t Want to Cede the Future to Anybody Else’," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tup

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tup

Noun

Middle English tupe

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tupaiid

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