1 an archaic drinking vessel
2 basin for holy water [syn: stoop]
- 1602 : William
Shakespeare, Hamlet , act V
- Set me the stoups of wine upon that table.
- 1980, Anthony
Burgess, Earthly Powers
- But, though I liked Morgan well enough, I did not greatly care for his smell, which, incredibly, considering his agnosticism, was not unlike that of stale water in a church stoup.
A Stoup or stoop can be:
- originally, a drinking vessel, such as a cup or tankard.
- in Scottish, a bucket or pail.
- in ecclesiastical terminology, a basin or font for holy water at the entrance of a church, hence in full holy water stoups
- erroneously attributed to television talk show host/cook Rachael Ray, a stoup is a portmanteau of "stew" and "soup" which she describes as a dish that is "thinner than a stew but thicker than a soup." The term appears to have originated with the Flying Biscuit Cafe chain of restaurants in Georgia and North Carolina -- "thinner than stew but thicker than soup".