- a small, open container for beverages, usually bowl-shaped and with a handle
- the bowl part of a drinking vessel
- a cup and its contents
- the amount a cup holds; cupful: a standard measuring cup holds 8 fluid ounces (c. 237 milliliters) or 16 tablespoons: abbrev. C
- anything shaped like a cup or bowl
- an ornamental, usually metal, cup with a stem and base, given as a prize
- the chalice containing the wine at Communion
- the wine
- one's portion, share, or allotment: his cup of happiness was full
- something served as in a cup
- either of two sections of a bra, each of which supports a breast
- a padded, hard-plastic protective device worn over the genitals by a male athlete
- Biol. any cuplike organ or structure
- Golf the container set in the hole sunk into the green, into which the ball drops
- Med. a small glass bowl or similar object used in cupping
Origin of cupMiddle English and Old English cuppe from Late Latin cuppa, altered from Classical Latin cupa, tub from Indo-European an unverified form keup-, a hollow from base an unverified form keu-, to bend, arch from source coomb, hump
transitive verbcupped, cup′ping
- to curve or shape into a rounded, cuplike form: to cup one's hands
- to hold by or as by enclosing with the hand or hands
- Med. to treat with or subject to cupping
in one's cups
- a. A small open container, usually with a flat bottom and a handle, used for drinking.b. Such a container and its contents.
- Abbr. c. A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters). measurement
- The bowl of a drinking vessel.
- The chalice or the wine used in the celebration of the Eucharist.
- A decorative cup-shaped vessel awarded as a prize or trophy.
- Sports A golf hole or the metal container inside a hole.
- Either of the two parts of a brassiere that fit over the breasts.
- An athletic supporter having a protective reinforcement of rigid plastic or metal.
- A sweetened, flavored, usually chilled beverage, especially one made with wine: claret cup.
- A dish served in a cup-shaped vessel: fruit cup.
- a. A cuplike object.b. Biology A cuplike structure or organ.
- A lot or portion to be suffered or enjoyed.
transitive verbcupped, cup·ping, cups
- To shape like a cup: cup one's hands.
- To place one's curved hand or hands over or around: cupped his chin in his hands.
- To subject to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.
Origin of cupMiddle English cuppe from Old English from Late Latin cuppa drinking vessel perhaps variant of Latin cūpa tub, cask
- A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass) and with a handle.
- Pour the tea into the cup.
- A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces, 1/16 of a US gallon, or 236.5882365 ml.
- A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
- The World Cup is awarded to the winner of a quadrennial football tournament.
- A contest for which a cup is awarded.
- The World Cup is the world's most widely watched sporting event.
- (golf) A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
- The ball just misses the cup.
- (US) A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
- Players of contact sports are advised to wear a cup.
- One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.
- The cups are made of a particularly uncomfortable material.
- (mathematics) The symbol denoting union and similar operations (confer cap).
- A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
- (ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
- A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup).
- Anything shaped like a cup.
- the cup of an acorn
- (medicine, historical) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.
- That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.
(third-person singular simple present cups, present participle cupping, simple past and past participle cupped)
- To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands.
- Cup your hands and I'll pour some rice into them.
- To hold something in cupped hands.
- He cupped the ball carefully in his hands.
- (surgery, archaic) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping.
- (engineering) To make concave or in the form of a cup.
- to cup the end of a screw
From Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa, probably a form of Latin cūpa (“tub”), from Proto-Indo-European *keup- (“a hollow”). Reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman cupe, from the same Latin source.
This is the currency code used in the ISO 4217 standard.