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Dictionary Definition



1 a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
2 the quantity a cup will hold; "he drank a cup of coffee"; "he borrowed a cup of sugar" [syn: cupful]
3 a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle; "he put the cup back in the saucer"; "the handle of the cup was missing"
4 a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition; "the school kept the cups is a special glass case" [syn: loving cup]
5 any cup-shaped concavity; "bees filled the waxen cups with honey"; "he wore a jock strap with a metal cup"; "the cup of her bra"
6 the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green; "he swore as the ball rimmed the cup and rolled away"; "put the flag back in the cup"
7 a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
8 cup-shaped plant organ


1 form into the shape of a cup; "She cupped her hands"
2 put into a cup; "cup the milk"
3 treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin [syn: transfuse] [also: cupping, cupped]

User Contributed Dictionary



cuppe, from cuppa, probably a form of cūpa "tub", from *keup- ("a hollow").


  • /kʌp/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌp


  1. A concave vessel for holding liquid, generally adorned with either a handle or a stem (confer goblet, glass.)
    Pour the wine into the cup.
  2. A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces, 1/16 of a US gallon, or 236.5882365 ml.
  3. A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
    The World Cup is awarded to the winner of a quadrennial football tournament.
  4. A contest for which a cup is awarded.
    The World Cup is the world's most widely watched sporting event.
  5. A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
    The ball just misses the cup.
  6. A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
    Players of contact sports are advised to wear a cup.
  7. One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast.
    The cups are made of a particularly uncomfortable material.
  8. The symbol \cup denoting union and similar operations (confer cap.)
  9. A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
  10. (ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
  11. A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup.)


vessel for drinking
trophy in the shape of an oversized cup
contest for which the trophy is awarded
part of brassiere


to cup (cups, cupped, cupping)
  1. To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands
    Cup your hands and I'll pour some rice into them.
  2. To hold something in cupped hands
    He cupped the ball carefully in his hands.


See also



  1. odd (not even)



cup (a variant of sup) g Albanian

Extensive Definition

Cup or cups may refer to:

See also

  • The acronym CUP
cup in German: Cup
cup in Spanish: Copa (desambiguación)
cup in French: Coupe
cup in Italian: Coppa
cup in Dutch: Cup
cup in Japanese: カップ

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