The verb sense 3 must give tupperware a new meaning :) Andrew massyn
From rfv: Tup = top ? Andrew massyn 20:31, 22 August 2006 (UTC)
- Nonsense (noun and verb) Παρατηρητής
- Websters 1902 gives the origin of the word as regional English, possibly from top. 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 or TOUPE. While Low German 'tuppen' (strike, as of a ram) is the nearest to its sense, 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.
 means 'Absolutely not;  means 'Exceedingly unlikely';  means 'Very dubious';  means 'Questionable';  means 'Possible';  means 'Probable';  means 'Likely';  means 'Most Likely' or *Unattested;  means 'Attested';  means 'Obvious' - only used for close matches within the same language or dialect, at linkable periods.