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tup

[tuhp] /tʌp/
noun
1.
Chiefly British. a male sheep; ram.
2.
the head of a falling hammerlike mechanism, as of a steam hammer or pile driver.
verb (used with object), tupped, tupping.
3.
Chiefly British. (of a ram) to copulate with (a ewe).
verb (used without object), tupped, tupping.
4.
Chiefly British. (of a ewe) to copulate.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English tope, tupe ram, of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for tup

tup

/tʌp/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) an uncastrated male sheep; ram
2.
the head of a pile-driver or steam hammer
verb (transitive) tups, tupping, tupped
3.
to cause (a ram) to mate with a ewe, or (of a ram) to mate with (a ewe)
4.
(Lancashire, dialect) to butt (someone), as in a fight
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tup
n.

"male sheep," c.1300, Scottish and Northern English; of unknown origin.

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