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Etymology 1[edit]

Shortened form of Narragansett mishcup (porgy) or its plural mishcùppaûog. The singular was also borrowed as mishcup, while another shortening of the plural yields the synonym paugie.[1] The full word was borrowed as scuppaug.

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scup (plural scup or scups)

  1. A fish, Stenotomus chrysops; the porgy.
    • 1995, “sheepshead”, entry in Percy Russell, Anita Williams, The Nutrition and Health Dictionary, page 391,
      A saltwater fish, a cousin of porgies and scups. The sheepshead has large, broad incisor teeth, much like a sheep.
    • 2006, Alice Jane Lippson, Robert L. Lippson, Life in the Chesapeake Bay, page 276,
      Scup, in the Bay also called porgy, maiden, and fairmaid, are rather plain-looking fish — dull silver with 12 to 15 indistinct vertical stripes, flecked with light blue on their sides.
    • 2007 August 8, Brett Martin, “First a Hook, Then Ink: An Artist’s Catch”, New York Times:
      On a lark, he took a small scup, or porgy, and a stamp pad and demonstrated how to make a print.

Etymology 2[edit]

Dutch schop


scup (plural scups)

  1. (US, dialect) A swing.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


  1. ^ scup” in Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.