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The verb sense 3 must give tupperware a new meaning :) Andrew massyn

From rfv: Tup = top ? Andrew massyn 20:31, 22 August 2006 (UTC)


Websters 1902 gives the origin of the word as regional English, possibly from top.[2] This is probably where the disputed defs came from. I have deleted them pending verification. Andrew massyn 05:29, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

While that dictionary specifies etymologies in great depth, some of their links cannot be attested, as in the realm of imagination. Every dictionary I have seen presents a different origin for this word: tupe[9] or TOUPE[8]. While Low German 'tuppen'[5] (strike, as of a ram) is the nearest to its sense[5], it is probably safest to leave it as it is, from my experience. If in doubt I prefer to follow the Oxford etymology, seconded by Skeat.

[0] means 'Absolutely not; [1] means 'Exceedingly unlikely'; [2] means 'Very dubious'; [3] means 'Questionable'; [4] means 'Possible'; [5] means 'Probable'; [6] means 'Likely'; [7] means 'Most Likely' or *Unattested; [8] means 'Attested'; [9] means 'Obvious' - only used for close matches within the same language or dialect, at linkable periods.

Andrew H. Gray 21:53, 4 November 2015 (UTC) Andrew (talk)