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Origin and Meaning of Cup

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cup
  1. A small vessel, used commonly to drink from; as, a tin cup, a silver cup, a wine cup ; especially, in modern times, the pottery or porcelain vessel, commonly with a handle, used with a saucer in drinking tea, coffee, and the like.
  2. The contents of such a vessel; a cupful."Give me a cup of sack, boy." [Shak.]
  3. pl.Repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in intoxicating drinks; revelry."Thence from cups to civil broils." [Milton.]
  4. That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion."O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." [Matt. xxvi. 39.]
  5. Anything shaped like a cup; as, the cup of an acorn, or of a flower."The cowslip's golden cup no more I see." [Shenstone.]
  6. [Med] A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.

Etymology: AS. cuppe, LL. cuppa cup; cf. L. cupa tub, cask; cf. also Gr. ky`ph hut, Skr. kūpa pit, hollow, OSlav. kupa cup. Cf. Coop Cupola Cowl a water vessel, and Cob Coif Cop

verb Cup
  1. To supply with cups of wine.(R)" Cup us, till the world go round." [Shak.]
  2. [Surg] To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping. See Cupping.
  3. [Mech] To make concave or in the form of a cup; as, to cup the end of a screw.
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  1. A small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle ("he put the cup back in the saucer" and "the handle of the cup was missing")
  2. 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")
  3. The hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green ("he swore as the ball rimmed the cup and rolled away" and "put the flag back in the cup")
  4. A punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
  5. Cup-shaped plant organ
  6. A United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
  7. The quantity a cup will hold ("he drank a cup of coffee" and "he borrowed a cup of sugar")
  8. Any cup-shaped concavity ("bees filled the waxen cups with honey", "he wore a jock strap with a metal cup", and "the cup of her bra")
  9. Treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin
  10. Put into a cup ("cup the milk")
  11. Form into the shape of a cup ("She cupped her hands")

From Middle English cuppe, coppe, from Old English cuppe (“cup”), from Late Latin cuppa, probably a form of Latin cūpa (“tub”), from Proto-Indo-European *kewp- (“a hollow”). Reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman cupe, from the same Latin source. Compare Saterland Frisian Kop (“cup”), West Frisian kop, Dutch kop (“cup”), German Low German Koppke, Köppke (“cup”), German Kopf (“head; top”), Danish kop, Swedish kopp.

  1. 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 .
  2. The contents of said vessel; a cupful.
    I drank two of water but still felt thirsty.
  3. A customary unit of measure
    1. (US) A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces (1/16 of a US gallon; 236.5882365 mL) or 240 mL.
    2. (Canada) A Canadian unit of measure equal to 8 imperial ounces (1/20 imperial gallon; 227.3 mL) or 250 mL.
    3. (Britain, dated) A British unit of measure equal to 0.5 imperial pints (10 imperial ounces; 284 mL) or 300mL.
  4. A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
    The World is awarded to the winner of a quadrennial football tournament.
  5. A contest for which a cup is awarded.
    The World is the world's most widely watched sporting event.
  6. (association football) The main knockout tournament in a country, organised alongside the league.
  7. (golf) A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
    The ball just misses the .
  8. (US, Canada) A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
    Players of contact sports are advised to wear a .
  9. One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.
    The are made of a particularly uncomfortable material.
  10. (mathematics) The symbol denoting union and similar operations (confer cap).
  11. A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
  12. (ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
  13. A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup).
  14. Anything shaped like a cup.
    the of an acorn
  15. (medicine, historical) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.
  16. That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.

cup was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Dalmatian, Finnish, Lojban, Norwegian Bokmål, and Norwegian Nynorsk

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Popularity of Cup as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cup U.S.
  White 85.19% 64.26%
  African American 11.11% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cup

People with the last name Cup are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cup

  • How Popular is the name Cup? As a last name Cup was the 151,532nd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Cup first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cup is Thursday, February 17th, 1881.
  • How unique is the name Cup? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cup. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cup: Your name in reverse order is Puc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Upc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cup? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 108 people with the last name Cup.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cup? Cup is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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Past life for Cup born Jun 13, 1987

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Spain approximately on 1675. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.