• Stoup


    • UK IPA: /stuːp/


    From Old Norse staup, from Proto-Germanic *staupo- ( >

    Old English stēap). See stoop a vessel. More at stop.

    Full definition of stoup



    (plural stoups)
    1. (obsolete) A bucket. 14th-20th c.
    2. (archaic) A mug or drinking vessel. from 16th c.
    3. A receptacle for holy water, especially a basin set at the entrance of a church. from 16th c.
      • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 26:He was seen ... bathing in the holy water stoup as if he were its single and beholden bird, pushing aside weary French maids and local tradespeople with the impatience of a soul in physical distress.
      • 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.
      • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 810:She saw nobody for the moment so that she entered the church formally dipping her fingers in the holy water stoup and signing herself.
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