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supper

[suhp-er] /ˈsʌp ər/
noun
1.
the evening meal, often the principal meal of the day.
2.
any light evening meal, especially one taken late in the evening:
an after-the-theater supper.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to supper:
the supper dishes.
4.
for, during, or including supper:
a supper party.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English sup(p)er < Old French souper, noun use of souper to sup1
Related forms
supperless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for supperless

supper

/ˈsʌpə/
noun
1.
an evening meal, esp a light one
2.
an evening social event featuring a supper
3.
sing for one's supper, to obtain something by performing a service
verb
4.
(transitive) (rare) to give supper to
5.
(intransitive) (rare) to eat supper
Derived Forms
supperless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French soper; see sup1
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Word Origin and History for supperless
supper
c.1275, "the last meal of the day," from O.Fr. super "supper," noun use of super "to eat the evening meal," which is of Gmc. origin (see sup (1)).
"Formerly, the last of the three meals of the day (breakfast, dinner, and supper); now applied to the last substantial meal of the day when dinner is taken in the middle of the day, or to a late meal following an early evening dinner. Supper is usually a less formal meal than late dinner." [OED]
Applied since c.1300 to the last meal of Christ.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for supperless

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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supperless in the Bible

the principal meal of the day among the Jews. It was partaken of in the early part of the evening (Mark 6:21; John 12:2; 1 Cor. 11:21). (See LORD'S SUPPER.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with supperless
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