cuppa

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ellipsis with elision of cup of tea.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cuppa (plural cuppas)

  1. (UK, colloquial) A cup of tea.
    I′ve just put the kettle on - fancy a cuppa?
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter III:
      [...] we covered the hundred yards to the lawn where the tea table awaited us. [...] Only Bobbie was present when we arrived at the trough. Wilbert and Phyllis were presumably still in the leafy glade, and Mrs Cream, Bobbie said, worked in her room every afternoon on her new spine-freezer and seldom knocked off for a cuppa.
    • 1992, Machine Knitting Monthly, Maidenhead: Machine Knitting Monthly Ltd.,
      Back home safely, I made a cuppa and sat for a good hour revelling in my favourite magazine.
    • 2007, Kevin Hallewell, Woop Woop, page 35,
      ‘Here,’ said Clancy as he sat up and dangled his legs over the edge of the bed, ‘You sit down and take it easy. I′ll boil the billy for a cuppa’.
  2. Eye dialect spelling of cup of.
    • 1940, The New Yorker, Volume 16, Part 1, page 22,
      And he orders a cuppa cawfee. “A cuppa cawfee and what else?” I says to him.
    • 1997, Sinclair Lewis, Anthony Di Renzo (editor), Commutation: $9.17, If I Were Boss: The Early Business Stories of Sinclair Lewis,
      I just felt like I wanted another cuppa coffee and I told her so; [] and before I could get just one more cuppa coffee it was seven-fifty!
    • 2008, Frank Deford, The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball, page 204,
      “That′s a new line, isn′t it? Come up to my suite for a cuppa coffee.”

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Found in Late and Vulgar Latin. From cūpa (tub, cask).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cuppa f (genitive cuppae); first declension

  1. drinking vessel
  2. barrel, cask
  3. axle
  4. bar of an oil press

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cuppa cuppae
genitive cuppae cuppārum
dative cuppae cuppīs
accusative cuppam cuppās
ablative cuppā cuppīs
vocative cuppa cuppae

Descendants[edit]