Scupper Definition

skŭpər
scuppered, scuppering, scuppers
noun
scuppers
An opening in a ship's side to allow water to drain from a weather deck.
Webster's New World
A similar outlet in a building, as for water to run off from a floor or roof.
Webster's New World
verb
scuppered, scuppering, scuppers
To sink (a ship) deliberately; scuttle.
American Heritage
To wreck; ruin.
Our plans were scuppered.
Webster's New World
To overwhelm or massacre.
American Heritage

(UK) Thwart or destroy, especially something belonging or pertaining to another; compare scuttle.

The bad media coverage scuppered his chances of being elected.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Scupper

Noun

Singular:
scupper
Plural:
scuppers

Origin of Scupper

  • Middle English scoper- (in scopernail nail for attaching leather under a scupper to prevent dirty water from soiling the hull) probably from scopen to scoop from scope a scoop scoop

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originally British military slang to massacre, of unknown origin (probably later influenced by scuttle)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch scheppen (“to draw off")

    From Wiktionary

  • Of unknown origin.

    From Wiktionary

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